Stadium boost to economy

Lorcan Doherty/Presseye.
Lorcan Doherty/Presseye.

A multi million pound redevelopment of Brandywell stadium is not just a boost for Derry City Football Club but for the city as a whole, a Foyle SDLP MLA has said.

The ‘Journal’ revealed on Friday that Derry City Council has secured £5million from Stormont’s Department of Culture. Arts and Leisure to overhaul the ground in a development that will include a new stand and a new 4G playing surface.

“This is great news for this city, for Derry City Football Club and its loyal red and white army of supporters,” he told the ‘Sunday.’

“The Brandywell stadium as it presently stands is not capable of meeting the needs of this city, whether they be footballing needs or commercial needs. The redeveloped stadium will set this right by providing a top class sporting facility for all the people of Derry as well as visiting fans.

“Derry is steeped in sporting tradition and culture and it is about time that it had a stadium fit for purpose. It has been a long time coming but this is very welcome development indeed.”

Mr Eastwwod welcomed plans to relocate the greyhound fraternity to a new track at the neighbouring Showgrounds.

He said the stadium redevelopment will further be “ a boost to grassroots sport as well through the refurbishment of the Daisyfield pitch and the creation of a second playing field with a 3G surface.”

The MLA said the plans are “a fantastic boost for the club and the wider economy of the city.

Work is expected to commence in late summer next year, causing as little disruption as possible to Derry’s Airtricity League schedule. It’s understood the new stand is expected to incorporate spacious, state of the art changing rooms built underneath; seating accommodation for in the region of 3,000 spectators; full media facilities and adminisration offices.