Stadium MK was opened by the Queen on 29th November 2007. It is home to – MK Dons Football Club, MK Dons Sports and Education Trust, DoubleTree by Hilton Milton Keynes and Arena MK.
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The stadium was officially opened in 2007 by the Queen and hosted its first game on 18 July 2007, a match against Chelsea XI which resulted in a 4-3 win for the home side. Since then it has become a significant location for sports and events in the Milton Keynes area.
The MK Dons football club was formed in 2004 and has been based at the Stadium MK since it opened in 2007. Both the men’s and women’s local teams play at the Stadium MK and the ground also provides a location for all the training sessions, as well as Milton Keynes Dons Academy, which is open to those between the ages of 6 and 16 years. The MK Dons Sport and Education Trust which was also set up in 2004, is aimed at giving women and girls the opportunity to get involved with various organisations to improve and promote the opportunities for women’s sports in the area with Stadium MK playing a key role.
Stadium MK is also home to the four star hotel DoubleTree by Hilton Milton Keynes. It has 304 bedrooms many of which are pitch-facing, and offers complimentary WiFi and car parking for all guests. There are multiple event spaces to choose from and the largest can hold up to 1,000 delegates. The Terrace Bar provides a stylish and sophisticated setting where you can have a drink and relax, along with the pitchside restaurant and bar that offers excellent day-time views over Stadium MK.
Also onsite is MK1 Shopping and Leisure Park; retail stores include Primark, New Look, Marks & Spencer, and Outfit. There are various restaurants to eat and have a drink in, Nandos, Bella Italia, Frankie & Benny’s, Pizza Express, TGI Fridays and Prezzo – there's plenty to choose from. If it’s entertainment you’re looking for then the Odeon cinema can also be found onsite, containing 11 screens, including Milton Keynes' only IMAX screens.