Tonight is the big night, when Northern Ireland play San Marino at Windsor Park, the first game at the stadium since redevelopment was completed.

It’s possible that you’re reading this on your phone at Windsor Park.

In tonight’s blog we go back to August, the month when the new football season traditionally starts.

With the NIFL now based in offices at Windsor Park, they took the opportunity to hold the official press launch for the 2016-2017 season at Windsor Park.

Two days later, the stadium redevelopment had another milstone moment when Linfield’s new club shop was opened by manager David Healy, with players Paul Smyth and Stephen Fallon also in attendance.

August 2016 – North Stand/Kop Junction.

August 2016 – The Kop.

Lovers of food and drink rejoiced in August when it was announced that a contractor was in place to operate the match day bars and catering.

The bad news was, it wouldn’t start until 1st September.

August 2016 – The Kop, now filled with seats.

Also launched at Windsor Park in August was the 2017 Under 19 Women’s European Championship, with the final being at Windsor Park.

2017 could be a busy summer for Windsor Park, with Carl Frampton once again expressive his desire to have a fight at Windsor Park.

August 2016 – The Kop

August 2016 – Junction of North Stand/The Kop.

August 2016 – Seats in the North Stand/Kop junction now filled in.

In the middle of the month, Linfield began decorating the interior, with artwork of legends and iconic moments being added to the club’s offices.

August 2016 – Entrance at Olympia Parade.

August 2016 – The Kop

The end of August 2016 saw the first Women’s game since the redevelopment, with Linfield Ladies game against Mid Ulster Ladies being staged there, due to Linfield being presented with the league title after the game. Remember when the Men’s team used to win league titles?

August 2016 – Turnstiles being added to far end of North Stand.

August 2016 – North Stand/The Kop junction.


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