Smile IT Stadium

Hertingfordbury Park

Hertingfordbury Park — also known as Smile IT Stadium for sponsorship purposes — is a sports stadium in Hertford, Hertfordshire and the home ground of Hertford Town Football Club.

The stadium has a maximum capacity of 6,500 spectators.

Hertingfordbury Park, the home ground of a football club initially known as Port Vale Rovers, has a history marked by significant developments and challenges. The club, which started playing at Hartham, merged with Hertford Blue Cross in 1907/09, with Mr. R. W. Partridge becoming president and offering Hertingfordbury Park to the club. Post-World War I, the ground saw gradual development, including a wooden stand that was unfortunately destroyed by fire in 1946. This incident, followed by the ground owner’s death in 1947, led to the club’s temporary exit from football.

The 1950s brought major improvements to the ground. The Hertford Borough Council took over and leased it back to the club, leading to the construction of covered spectator accommodations and a 300-seater stand with dressing rooms and a boardroom by 1959. The ground also saw the addition of concrete terracing and improved floodlighting, with the current floodlight pylons erected in 1965. In 1974, a new clubhouse was built, but it was destroyed by fire in 1992, later replaced by a smaller building.

Despite facing natural disasters like flooding, Hertingfordbury Park has endured as a significant historical site in football. With a capacity of 6,500, including 300 seats and covered standing for 2,800, and adjacent parking for 100 cars, the ground stands as a testament to the club’s resilience and history, continuing to welcome fans through its ancient turnstiles.