Derry’s Brandywell is set to receive a massive financial boost, the “Journal” can reveal.
The district - one of the most deprived areas in the North - is to get a significant sports and leisure refurbishment to the tune of £8.8 million.
It’s understood an initial £2.1 million shortfall has now been picked up by Derry City Council.
And should a forthcoming meeting with funders and stakeholders get the necessary approval, works could well start in October, with new facilities in place at Brandywell Stadium, the Brandywell Showgrounds and the Daisyfield area.
While plans to upgrade the football stadium and other leisure facilities in the immediate area had been discussed in the past, the decision to combine the overall refurbishment into one project, under the Foyle Valley Gateway Project, appears to have been particularly positive.
This move not only gained the approval of the local community, but the switch has also secured a vital funding partnership comprising Derry City Council, DCAL, Sport N. Ireland and OFMDFM’s Strategic Investment Fund. It’s understood the upgrade of the city’s dilapidated Brandywell Stadium will form phase one of the project. A new stand will be constructed on the Lone Moor Road side of the ground with a new 4G pitch replacing the current grass surface. The stadium will then be able to accommodate a seating capacity of 6,000.