Published: 19/07/2012 18:00 - Updated: 23/07/2012 15:25

Goodbye Victoria Park, hello Global Energy Stadium!

Written byby John MacLeod

Roy MacGregor is the chairman of both successful ventures
Roy MacGregor is the chairman of both successful ventures

ROSS County’s Victoria Park will undergo a name change ahead of the Dingwall club’s Scottish Premier League (SPL) debut in two weeks’ time, it has been revealed.

After a major £1.7 million close-season upgrade to bring it up to SPL standards, the ground will be known as the Global Energy Stadium — thus incorporating the name of the highly successful company founded by its chairman Roy MacGregor, who bankrolled the club during its remarkable rise through the ranks.

The ground has been transformed into an impressive all-seater stadium with capacity for more than 6,000 fans. Undersoil heating has been installed, a new pitch laid and large new car parking areas created — all in time for next month’s SPL kick-off.

Name change at Victoria Park, which will be known as the Global Energy Stadium from the start of the new season
Name change at Victoria Park, which will be known as the Global Energy Stadium from the start of the new season

Club vice-president Gordon MacRae said: “Over the past few years Ross County and the Global Energy Group have been two of the Highlands’ and Scotland’s real success stories and it is no coincidence that they have a chairman in common in Roy MacGregor.

“As we enter this incredibly exciting new era with a stadium of which every County fan can feel justifiably proud, I think it is fitting that the close relationship between these two successful brands is recognised in this way.”

Launched in the Highlands in 2005, the family-run Global Energy Group has become one of Scotland’s most successful companies. The group, which provides a range of services to the international energy industry, now employs more 4,300 people worldwide.

Group Managing Director, Iain MacGregor, added: “These are exciting times for both Ross County and the Global Energy Group.

“All the hard work that has gone on over the summer has seen the development of a very impressive stadium with which we are proud to be so closely associated. Now, like everyone else, I am really looking forward to seeing the team in action in the SPL at the Global Energy Stadium.”

Ross County are nicknamed The Staggies. Their home ground is about to have a name change.
Ross County are nicknamed The Staggies. Their home ground is about to have a name change

Global Energy Stadium joins the select band of senior grounds in Scotland named after a company. Others include the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium in Inverness and the Excelsior Stadium in Airdrie.

Two others, the Braidwood Motor Company Stadium in Livingston and the Doubletree Dunblane Stadium in Stirling, are in the middle of three-year sponsorship deals.

The name Victoria Park will, however, continue to appear in the club’s address.

Victoria Park was officially opened in August, 1929, when Ross County joined the Highland League. The club’s link with the name comes from its predecessor Dingwall Victoria United, who played in North junior league.

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