The starting point of our journey, Brunton Park is a football stadium and the home of Carlisle United FC. It is situated in the city of Carlisle, Cumbria and has a certified capacity for the 2011/12 season of 18,202. The ground opened in 1909. Brunton Park’s grandstand burned down in 1953 and the stadium flooded completely in 2005 and again in 2015.

Brunton Park is split into four separate stands; Warwick Road End, East Stand, Main (West) Stand and the Petteril End, which remains closed unless exceptionally large crowds are in attendance.

Brunton Park is the largest football stadium in England which is not all-seated. Carlisle United plan to move away from Brunton Park in the near future to a 12,000 capacity all-seater stadium.

Before the 2012/13 season Cumbria County Council inspected Brunton Park and they deemed that certain areas of the stadium were unsafe. As a result, they reduced the capacity to 17,001 for the forthcoming season.