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Acklam Park
Acklam Park Front Of The Ground.jpg
Full nameAcklam Park
AddressGreen Lane, TS5 7SL
LocationMiddlesbrough, England
TypeSports venue
Capacity5,000 (159 seated)
Broke ground1928
Years active1929–1940, 1945–present
Construction cost£1,200 (1929)
Middlesbrough RUFC (1929–present)
Middlesbrough CC (1932–present)

Acklam Park is a rugby union and cricket ground located in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, England.[1] Initially opened in 1929, the venue has hosted games of Middlesbrough RUFC since the ground's opening as well as Middlesbrough Cricket Club since 1932. Yorkshire County Cricket Club have also played a number of first class matches at Acklam Park over the years from 1956 to 1996.

With a capacity of 5,000, the ground initially cost the rugby club £1,200.

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Middlesbrough RUFC purchased a 12-acre field in 1928 for a fee of £1,200.[2] The club paid 13 shillings, club members paid £500 and £800 was loaned from the Rugby Football Union.[2] Middlesbrough played their first games on their present ground in 1929 having played at several previous venues.[2] Due to the cost of the ground, the club officials began selling oats and wheat from the field in order to pay off their loan from the RFU.[2] The name Acklam Park was adopted in 1930, and the following year a stand and pavilion were built, funded as a result of 12 interest-free loans of £100 each from local businessmen, the majority of whom refused to take repayment of their loan.[2]

In 1932, Middlesbrough CC became joint-owners of Acklam Park.[2][1] With play halted during World War II, the ground close in 1940, before being re-opened in 1945.[2]

In 2008, a new clubhouse was opened at Acklam Park, which includes a bar, a café, a gym, a function room and lounge.[2] Changing and shower rooms were also inserted, which leads out to an exit to the main cricket and rugby pitches.[2] Seats are placed in front of the changing rooms exit and café door exit facing a clear view of the cricket pitch and a view of one of two rugby pitches on the left-hand side.[2] Despite seats, supporters are eligible to stand and watch the rugby team play.[2] There is also a stand facing the first team pitch, with the stand featuring the name "Middlesbrough Rugby Club".[2] The stand uses bench seating rather than plastic seating.[2]

In 2017, it was announced that the club aimed to have plastic seats added into their stand.[2] In August 2018, the club added dug-outs to the first team pitch.[2]


The ground sits on Green Lane Avenue, and is located near Acklam Hall. The ground is located near Acklam Shops, and there is a range of pubs near ground, in which the away supporters can have other hospitality. Next door to the ground, there is a care home.

Other events

Annually, a summer beer festival is held at the ground, which has raised much money over the years.[2] They also host an annual firework display.[2]

On 27 August 2017, the ground hosted a fundraiser event, Party in Acklam Park!, with live music and entertainment.[3] The purpose of this event was to raise more money for the club, for new developments in the youth teams.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Acklam Park - England - Cricket Grounds". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 29 September 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q "Information - Middlesbrough RUFC". Pitchero – MRUFC. Retrieved 29 September 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Party in Acklam Park! festival". Skiddle. Retrieved 30 September 2017.

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