Gateshead FC New Stadium Proposals
Gateshead Football Club unveiled the site and plans for a new stadium development in the centre of town in October 2009.
The stadium capacity is expected to be 7,000, with a 2,000 seater main stand, and all four sides of the ground covered.
The proposed stadium has been planned to a high specification which will enhance the surrounding area and easily satisfy the criteria required for Football League status.
The original plan was to build a new state-of-the-art stadium on a derelict site, formerly North Durham Cricket & Rugby Club, opposite Gateshead Civic Centre.
This scheme, however, had to be shelved and talks have since gone on during the ensuing years to identify a new site for the stadium.
Looking towards the Main Stand
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.
It is proposed that the two side stands will be seated, with covered standing terraced areas behind both goals.
Looking at the street frontage of the Main Stand
Street view of the Main Stand
Chairman Graham Wood, the driving force behind his hometown club, is confident Gateshead FC can rekindle former glories.
"We have achieved an awful lot over the last few years, including reaching Wembley for the first time in 2014, and the construction of a new stadium is pivotal to our aspirations," said Wood.
"Having our own stadium would enable us to increase our fan base and allow us to further develop our income streams and 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.
"As can be seen by the passing of the years, financing and building a new stadium is a complex and difficult operation.
"We continue to explore all avenues and talks are ongoing. In the meantime we will continue to play at the 11,800 capacity International Stadium, which has been our home since the 1970s.
"The all-seater stadium has been developed in recent times and is a much improved and impressive multi-purpose facility.
"The playing surface is excellent and in 2013/14 we attracted a record crowd for a competitive Gateshead game, 8,202, against Grimsby Town in the Conference Premier play-offs."