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New stand at the Gallagher Stadium

Planning for the future

Plans for a new stand at the Gallagher Stadium have been unveiled this evening.

The standing terrace, which will accommodate up to 1,768 spectators, will be built at the north end of the ground during the season.

It will be made up of 11 double standing rows and there are also four wheelchair viewing spaces provided. The stand, which can be segregated for home and away supporters, can also be converted to all-seated at a later date should that be required.

Refreshment and toilet facilities are planned along the concourse that runs below the stand.

Subject to planning approval, works are scheduled to start in the autumn and due for completion next March.

The project will increase the stadium’s capacity to more than 4,000 – meeting the requirement for the National League. During the construction phase, the capacity is likely to be reduced to about 2,500.

Co-owner Terry Casey said: “This is a major project we are embarking on but it’s essential for our membership of the National League. The new stand will be an impressive structure and it will totally change the look and feel of the stadium.

“It is going to be a busy and challenging few months but with the backing of our supporters and business partners, we will deliver this project in the same efficient manner we have with the previous ones.

“The match where it is filled for the first time will be some occasion. It will remind me of the Stevenage away match, where that sea of black and amber and the constant cheering for the team made for one of the best atmospheres I’d experienced in football.”

Costs are in the region of £600,000 to £750,000 and supporters are invited to contribute through the new fundraising scheme – Stand up for the Stones.

New stand from the riverside

New stand from the centre spot

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