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Gloucester City Football Club release first glimpse of new Meadow Park stadium

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 30, 2014

By James Young

  • Plans for a new Gloucester City stadium

  • The plan for a new stadium at Meadow Park

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GLOUCESTER City have released the first tantalising footprint plan of their proposed new stadium at Meadow Park.

The “scaled down” stadium differs considerably from the original plans for Meadow Park that were withdrawn last year after failing to generate support from the city council.

Homeless since the floods of 2007 rendered their Hempstead home unusable and uninsurable, the new plans give the Tigers’ long-suffering fans a view of their potential new home.

Although the new ground will occupy much of the same footprint of the old Meadow Park, it has been moved slightly north east towards Sudmeadow Road.

Flood-proofing will also see the pitch and stands raised in height to protect the site from further flooding.

The stadium itself will have an initial capacity of 4,000 to comply with Football Conference ground grading rules for both the regional and premier divisions.

The main seated stand will be on the North West side of the stadium, opposite the old Meadow Park main stand and contain seating for 1,000 supporters plus facilities for directors.

The rest of the ground will be terraced, with covered terraces at either end of the ground to house 900 supporters and an uncovered terrace on the Spinnaker Road side to house 1,200 fans.

The clubhouse and changing facilities will be housed in a building behind the goal towards the Sudmeadow Road side of the ground.

The site will also include parking for 310 cars around the stadium and for four coaches.

The Stadium development is currently being worked on by the limited company arm of the football club, headed by club owner Eamonn McGurk, his brother Brian and planning expert Paul Duncliffe.

The limited company arm of the club was separated from the football management board after the financial troubles of last year.

Since then chairman Nigel Hughes and his predecessor Stuart Pike have overseen the football operations of the club, while the McGurks and Duncliffe progress with plans for Meadow Park.

Club consultant Colin Peake said that the club had taken the decision to release the plans prior to applying for planning permission to keep fans up to date with the latest developments.

“It is right before more expenditure is committed to the project, to make this sensible decision by placing this illustrated plan into the public domain,” Peake said.

“This step is crucial to see what reaction, if any, might arise before the club’s planning team in the Ltd Company move forward to submitting plans to the Planning Committee.”

The overhead plan can be viewed here

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  • Fat_Sam  |  January 30 2014, 11:12PM

    Looks good, a lot more sensible than the previous plan in terms of scale and likely expenditure. Shame there's no access from Spinnaker Road. That would be a bit too sensible and logical but, hey-ho lets make the poor residents of Sudmeadow Road suffer on matchdays. Doubt this would have been the club's favoured approach. I'd like to see a sustainably-built stadium to ensure low ongoing running costs. Too many clubs have suffered from stadium building debts. Let's hope it's not the best stadium in the Southern League Premier! It would also be good to see what the medium to long-term business model is to see how the club hopes to maintain a steady income at Meadow Park in these tough but improving times. Hoping that some of the new ways in which many parts/aspects of Gloucester have re-invented themselves is rubbing off on the, often hard-done, football club, which continues to survive despite everything that's been thrown at it the past 15 years.

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