History of King George V Park

King George V Park is a soccer specific stadium in St. John's, NL, located at the head of Quidi Vidi Lake in downtown St. John's. The stadium was built in 1925 as the National Stadium of Newfoundland. The stadium played host to the 1987 FIFA U-16 World Championship. It is the oldest surviving soccer specific stadium in North America.

In 2005 construction began on a major renovation involving widening and lengthening the field surface, installing an underground irrigation system, constructing new locker room facilities as well as expanding the bleacher seating. In 2006, the natural grass playing surface was replaced with a Field Turf pitch and additional seating was added to bring the total capacity at King George V Park to 10,000.

The most famous game played at King George V was on September 14, 1985 when over 13,000 people witnessed Canada's 2-1 victory over Honduras, which qualified the Canadians for their first World Cup (Mexico, 1986). It was a momentous occasion and is still considered to be the high point of Canadian soccer history.

Source: Wkikpedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_George_V_Park