Dundee United Football Club

Tannadice Park

Dundee United FC wanted to be the first football club in the United Kingdom to use OOVIRTS’ accessibility virtual tour to promote the club as an accessible venue to all. The virtual tour also promotes the marketing & sales features of the club to improve online ticket sales and increase merchandising sales.

Opened: 1883
Capacity: 14,223
Record Attendance: 28,000 (16 November 1966, Dundee United v Barcelona)

History:
The origin of Dundee United lies in the establishment of a football club to fulfil the desire of the Irish immigrant community, which had gathered in Dundee by the early years of the 1900s. Earlier attempts to provide a focus for the Dundee Irish invariably failed until the formation of Dundee Hibernian.

The founding of the new Club was achieved through the efforts of a group of local businessmen with Irish origins, who began the process in the early months of 1909. The driving force behind the move was a local bicycle trader, Pat Reilly who would become the Club’s first Manager. Formed on 24th May 1909, Dundee Hibernian took over the lease of Clepington Park, immediately renaming it Tannadice Park, which has been the home of the Club ever since. Not surprising in view of the Irish connection, the colours chosen were green and white.

Season 1923-24 began with Dundee Hibernian but ended with the Club playing under the new name of Dundee United. At the start of that season, the Directors also decided on a change of colours to black and white. These changes took place in an attempt to give the Club a wider appeal. Initially the preferred new name was Dundee City but local rivals Dundee FC strongly objected to this. After several weeks of discussion, agreement on the name Dundee United was reached and then approved by the football authorities. As Dundee United, the first match played was against Dumbarton on 27th October 1923.

Dundee United was noted on the continent as one to be respected. United’s high profile during 1966-67 and in particular the matches against Barcelona and Juventus resulted in a summer invitation to the USA to take part in the North American Soccer League in which they played as Dallas Tornado.

Within a couple of years, all the Scandinavian players had returned home but United continued to prosper. A fifth place finish in 1968-69 brought entry into the Fairs Cities Cup again and it also brought a return trip to the USA to take part in the International League over the summer. The most important and lasting result from that trip was a change of colours as United dropped the black and white in favour of tangerine as worn by Dallas Tornado.

Stadium:
There are four individual stands at Tannadice Park. The George Fox Stand is two-tiered and runs along the side of the pitch, whilst opposite it are two stands that run into each other – The Jerry Kerr Stand and The Jim McLean Fair Play Stand. Behind one of the goals is the Eddie Thomspon Stand, which has two tiers and welcomes Dundee United’s most passionate fans. Behind the other goal is The West Stand, where opposition supporters are housed.