Highbury Stadium is a football stadium in Fleetwood, Lancashire, England with Wyre Borough Council as the landlords. It is is the home ground of Fleetwood Town and is also used for home matches by Blackpool F.C. reserves. Before recent ground improvements, the stadium had a capacity of 3,497 people.
An unusual feature of the stadium was the 'setback' on the west side of the ground. Both the main stand and the long covered standing area known as the Scratching Shed were set back from the pitch by a large gap. This was the legacy of the short period from 1948 to 1952, when the stadium was used for speedway with Fleetwood Flyers riding in the Second Division of the National Speedway league. Fleetwood Flyers started the 1948 season as Wigan Warriors but moved to Fleetwood after racing a few away fixtures billed as Wigan. The Flyers raced in the National League Division Two from 1948 to 1951 without enjoying any great success. In 1952 the venue staged a number of open events with the team re-named the Fleetwood Knights.
In February 2007 the new Percy Ronson Stand was opened. A £200,000-plus development the stand is all terracing, and holds 1,243. This was the first new stand at the Highbury Stadium since 1939. The stand, at the south side of the ground runs about two-thirds the width of the pitch.
On 31 July, 2007, Fleetwood Town announced the "Stadium Development Plan" which includes -
The total cost of this three-staged final phase of the ground development is expected to be over £2M.
The plan was finalized in December 2007, with construction being planned in two phases.
Planning permission for Phase One was granted by Wyre Borough Council on 4 March, 2008. Building work began on 28 April, 2008 with clearing work behind the Park End Stand and continued with the demolition of the Scratching Shed, removal of the existing floodlights and clearance work on the main stand.. On 23 August, 2008 the new stands were opened for Fleetwood's inaugural Conference North match against Vauxhall Motors F.C.. The West Stand, with its temporary seating, has a capacity of 550, wile the Park End Stand has a capacity of almost 2000.
Phase Two, the construction of the new East Stand, should begin during the close season in 2009.