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I find the Donegal Celtic plans for a new stand strange, They already have very good stands which are of standard. The 3G of course would be a great addition.
Unnecessary. They have about 700 seats across 2 stands already that they do not fill. Waste of money.

The 3G pitch though would work and would be used.
 

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Cliftonville Football Club are pleased to confirm that Belfast City Council has granted permission for the replacement of Solitude's Main Stand.

Following an extensive consultation and discussion process, planning application was submitted last year and, with approval having now been received, securement of necessary funding will be the Club's next undertaking.

http://www.cliftonvillefc.net/news_stadium_170816.html
 

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Thanks for the link with the new capacity details. I was at the San Marino match last week and was surprised at the number of seats/rows that where removed from the upper tier in the South Stand to accommodate wheel chair access, I have never seen that sort of lay out before as it looks like they are giving up 300+ seats to accommodate 34 wheel chairs.
Obviously no issue with accommodating wheel chairs, but it looks like there is missing sections in the upper tier as a result of the layout, there must be a more efficient way to provide wheel chair access without removing entire sections of the stand.
The West (kop) stand was also reduced by 300 seats, the stadium still looks well inside and is a big improvement but would have been nice to hit a 20k capacity.
 

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Thanks for the link with the new capacity details. I was at the San Marino match last week and was surprised at the number of seats/rows that where removed from the upper tier in the South Stand to accommodate wheel chair access, I have never seen that sort of lay out before as it looks like they are giving up 300+ seats to accommodate 34 wheel chairs.
Obviously no issue with accommodating wheel chairs, but it looks like there is missing sections in the upper tier as a result of the layout, there must be a more efficient way to provide wheel chair access without removing entire sections of the stand.
The West (kop) stand was also reduced by 300 seats, the stadium still looks well inside and is a big improvement but would have been nice to hit a 20k capacity.

It is indeed strange that the new stand looks huge compared to the old stand it faces yet has over 2000 fewer seats!!

 

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It is indeed strange that the new stand looks huge compared to the old stand it faces yet has over 2000 fewer seats!!
Indeed, again demonstrating the folly of calls to demolish and rebuild the North Stand because it isn't quite as pretty as the newer stands. There's no way they would fit the same amount of seats in, given the height restrictions at that side of the ground.

One superb facet of the new ground is that no longer is it about minus 50 degrees in the upper tier of the North whenever it's windy- the other stands do a great job of blocking the wind.

Does anyone know why that now the capacity of the ground is a mere 4000 extra, do we now require a hundred Eventsec staff telling you which road you must walk down to get to the ground? Their blocking of the railway bridge for certain ticket holders was a particular nuisance.
 

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There's no way they would fit the same amount of seats in, given the height restrictions at that side of the ground.
I do wonder that. If they'd moved the pitch and south stand say 10-15 metres to the south and reduced the pitch side areas (massive space where the moat used to be) I'm pretty certain they could have squeezed in two symmetrical main stands. Obviously funds restricted them from doing this and it's a real shame as the stadium looks awkward.
 

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I do wonder that. If they'd moved the pitch and south stand say 10-15 metres to the south and reduced the pitch side areas (massive space where the moat used to be) I'm pretty certain they could have squeezed in two symmetrical main stands. Obviously funds restricted them from doing this and it's a real shame as the stadium looks awkward.
I'm not sure if there would be enough room behind the South Stand to have moved the ground that distance back; though that's only based on a quick scan on google earth!

One thing they need to sort out with the North Stand is the facilities- toilets from the stone age, and one burger van, is not impressive. Especially when compared to the choice of outlets available at the front of Ravenhill. The have put a roof over the area out the back of the stand- hopefully there is some more work to be done with that- better toilets, more food outlets and so on.
 

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Thereis still lots of work to be done at Windsor PArk. Food outlets, toilets and new signage still need to be put in place as well as merchandise facilities.
 

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Good to see the progress.

There's an iPlayer piece with one of the ex-players (Sean Coyle) about how attendances and interest in the candystripes is on the decline. I would be no fan, but it's a shame if that's the case: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05fgtt7

Conversely, Irish League attendances are on the up according to a couple of reports in the last couple of days: http://www.newsletter.co.uk/sport/f...t-as-attendances-reach-10-year-high-1-8174527

Maybe they could be welcomed back into the fold? ...in which case it would give both the club and the league a wee boost. Surely there'd be more interest in a clash with the blues, reds or glens ...coleraine even, than getting gubbed by the likes of bray.

I say this, knowing nothing about the history and politics of it all, but just a thought.
 

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The Brandywell(Derry City FC) is set to re-open.

Among the works carried out as part of the Brandywell Regeneration Project is a new 955 seater stand incorporating new changing rooms, media facilities, meeting spaces, safety control centre, along with standing accommodation for 270 spectators that will bring the existing capacity of the ground to approximately 3,700.

As well as the new stand, the project consists of a new synthetic turf pitch, a standalone dog track, the refurbishment of the south-end stand and additional car parking as well as substantial improvement works across the Stadium, including the replacement of the boundary walls to the wider Brandywell site.





 

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H&W Welders are moving in the right direction both on and off the pitch, with work on the club’s new stadium at the Blanchflower Playing Fields to get under way in June.

The new state-of-the-art facilities will include 1,300 seats and space for 3,500 spectators to allow the club to switch from their current ground at Tillysburn Park.


“Work is starting on the new stadium at the start of June, which is great news for the club,” manager Gary Smyth told Match on Tuesday.

https://www.belfastlive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/hw-welders-stadium-plans-show-14358634
 

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Crusaders FC are pleased to announce that construction work will start immediately at the end of the current season to create the new community based facility. The facility will be named The McDonald Centre in honour of our esteemed former player, former manager, current goalkeeping coach and Bondholder Roy and his immense contribution to our club over the last 48 years. Roy's family are steeped in Crusaders and his late father, Bobby, served as kit-man for many years. It will be a lasting legacy for his tremendous selfless efforts over such a long period of time.

The joint enterprise between Crusaders FC and the HUBB community group will see our current under utilised run down pavilion transform into a modern community hub featuring a sports cafe, gym, creche, cultural centre, education and community hub with premium facilities to be used daily by the entire community.

The construction works will be jointly funded by Executive Office Social Investment Fund(£1,107,814.70) and Crusaders FC (£85,000.00) with Crusaders FC investing a further £219,000.00 fitting out a new bar and club shop area under a separate fit out contract. It is envisaged that the new facility will be operational by the end of the current year.


 

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LARNE FC is delighted to announce that a hugely significant day in the history of the club has arrived, with the purchase of Inver Park from Mid and East Antrim Borough Council now complete.

Confirmation that the ground is now officially owned by the club is a significant stride forward, as we look to continue to place ourselves at the heart of the community.

Work on phase one of the ground renovations, which will see the grandstand extended, installation of a new 4g playing surface and state of the art floodlights are moving at a rapid pace and due to be completed ahead of the 2018/19 season.

http://www.larnefootballclub.co.uk/club/297253/News/view/958036

Future plans look fantastic:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNJ4kGRVHlU

 

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Depends if they could rebuild the old the stand @ Windsor? Would require the IFA / government to buy about 45+ houses on Olympia Drive @ 90-100k a pop. Would love to see the World Cup come to Belfast, followed by the Commonwealth Games.
 
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