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Upton Park/Boleyn and other football grounds known by more than one name

first_img Celtic Park is also referred to as Parkhead – The 60,000-seater Celtic Park is also known as Parkhead because of the area in the east end of Glasgow it is located. Everyone called it Highbury even though its actual name was The Arsenal Stadium – The Gunners’ home from 1913 to 2006 was universally known as Highbury after the area in north London. 11 11 West Ham’s Upton Park is the Boleyn Ground – click the arrow above, right, to see more stadia with more than one name – In case you didn’t know, West Ham are saying goodbye to Upton Park. Or is it the Boleyn Ground? The club have called a number of places home through the years, with Hermit Road in Canning Town the first, when West Ham were Thames Ironworks FC in 1895, then Browning Road, East Ham in 1897 before the Boleyn in 1904 in the area of east London called Upton Park. It’s not the only stadium known by more than one name and here, talkSPORT looks at other famous examples. 11 11 Dean Court is Bournemouth’s home, but is referred to as the Vitality due to sponsorship reasons – Even the club’s website explains on the ‘how to get there’ section that road signs may refer to it as Dean Court. Upon their promotion to the Premier League they entered an agreement with a health and life insurance firm. 11 11 11 Borussia Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion is often called the Signal Iduna Park – It’s the Westfalenstadion and no insurance company is going to tell fans who travel there to bask in the electric atmosphere that it is called anything else. 11 Stadio Giuseppe Meazza is known to many as San Siro Stadium – The district of Milan the ground is located is San Siro, but Milan and Inter’s home is actually called the Giuseppe Meazza after the great striker who played for both clubs before and during World War II. He spent more time at Inter, though, scoring 284 goals in two spells between 1927 and 1947. Meazza played for Milan after leaving Inter in 1940. When Swansea’s Liberty Stadium opened it was called The New Stadium Swansea – The ground was opened in 2005 and during construction it was known as White Rock, although in the four months after it opened, the stadium was known as The New Stadium Swansea. This was because the suits in charge were yet to find a sponsor, with Liberty Properties later stumping up the cash. Incidentally, the name White Rock is in reference to the copper works which used to operate from the site and the city of Swansea was actually known as ‘Copperopolis’ in the 18th and 19th centuries – history lesson over. The Matchroom Stadium is better known as Brisbane Road – Leyton Orient have called this stadium home since 1937, but for sponsorship purposes it sometimes takes the Matchroom name owing to the fact Matchroom Sport supremo Barry Hearn served as club chairman. It is always going to be Brisbane Road, though. 11 11 The City of Manchester Stadium is known as the Etihad or Eastlands – Man City moved out of Maine Road in 2003 and into the City of Manchester Stadium, better known now as the Etihad or sometimes Eastlands where the stadium is located. 11 Not many people know this (written tongue-in-cheek), but West Ham are leaving Upton Park/the Boleyn after 112 years.The stadium takes its name from the area in east London, but is not the only football ground to be known by more than one name.14 INCREDIBLE PICTURES OF UPTON PARK THROUGH THE YEARSSo while we wait to see what other names the Olympic Stadium picks up in the next 100 years, click the arrow above, right, to see football grounds fans have more than one name for. Brighton’s Amex was originally called the Falmer Stadium – It’s technically not even the Amex, it’s the American Express Community Stadium since 2011 after they left their Goldstone Ground in 1997. They moved to the Withdean in 1999, which they left for the current stadium in Falmer. The SportsDirect.com Park is better known as Boundary Park, home of Oldham Athletic – Oldham’s ground is always going to be Boundary Park, but this is just a pretty funny and slightly embarrassing name – ‘just off to the SportsDirect.com Park’…last_img read more