Gateshead FC unveil New Stadium site
Gateshead Football Club today held a press launch to unveil the site and plans for their eagerly awaited new stadium development in the centre of town.
To build on its goal to take the Club back into the Football League Gateshead FC will build a new state-of-the-art stadium on a derelict site, formerly North Durham Cricket & Rugby Club, opposite Gateshead Civic Centre.
The stadium will have a capacity of around 9,000, with a 2,000 seater main stand, and all four sides of the ground will be covered.
The proposed stadium is planned to a high specification which will enhance the surrounding area and easily satisfy the criteria required for Football League status.
Facilities at the stadium will include reception and club offices, dressing rooms, a medical room, press and spectator facilities.
There will also be executive suites and boxes and multi-functional space for match day hospitality and lettable business space.
The pitch will measure 105 metres x 68 metres and will be to FIFA standard.
On non-match days the stadium will be available for exhibitions and conferences, and there will be free parking for 600 cars at the adjacent Civic Centre.
The standing areas on three sides of the stadium will be capable of conversion to seating, in which event the capacity would be reduced to 6,000.
The Football Association is most impressed with the proposed new stadium which will form part of the 2018/22 Newcastle/ Gateshead World Cup bid.
It is envisaged that the venue would be utilised to accommodate open training sessions for teams from participating countries.
The unveiling of a new stadium follows the recent announcement that the club will switch to full-time status from next season.
Plans are also afoot to place a reserve side in the totesport.com Central League alongside the likes of Newcastle United and Leeds United's second strings.
Chairman Graham Wood, the driving force behind the exciting developments at his hometown club, is confident Gateshead FC can rekindle former glories.
"We have achieved an awful lot over the last few years and the construction of a new stadium in a central location is pivotal to our aspirations," said Wood.
"It is ideally placed for the transport network. It will also be within walking distance for many supporters and will enable us to increase our fan base.
"Having our own stadium will also enable us to further develop our income streams and allow us to continue to drive the club forward.
"These are exciting times for Gateshead Football Club. The new stadium will be a great addition to the town and give the club a real identity amongst the community."
If everything goes to plan the club are hoping to move into their new stadium for the start of the 2011-12 campaign.
. Gateshead FC initially played at the now demolished Redheugh Park in the west of the town from 1930-1971, which included a 30 year stay in the Football League.
. The Tynesiders then moved to to another council-owned stadium in the east of Gateshead, the Youth Stadium, now the 11,800 all-seater International Stadium.
. The new stadium on Prince Consort Road will be the first to be owned by the club.
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