Aberystwyth Town stadium development plan agreed

Aberystwyth Town FC Photo - Tomos Nolan

Aberystwyth Town FC
Photo – Tomos Nolan

ABERYSTWYTH Town FC will receive full funding to expand their current stadium at Park Avenue. In a scheme described as “ambitious” by several news sources, the 400-seater main stand will be demolished to be replaced by a 550 seat stand, along with 80 flats. The development will also include a 3G pitch which will be replaced every 10 years.

According to club chairman, Tony Bates, a ‘considerable amount of preparatory work’ has been done on the scheme which will cost £13 million. The club will not pay for the scheme with the vast majority of the funding coming from the Tai Ceredigion Housing Association. The 3G pitch, which will cost £400,000, will be paid for via a grant from the Football Association of Wales for 90% of the funding, with the pitch being replaced every ten years.

Bates has stated his confidence that the scheme will go ahead, saying that the establishment of a 3G pitch would ensure that the club becomes a ‘hub of community activity’ for seven days a week. A 3G pitch would be a significant step up for training facilities at the club, which currently consist of a small astroturf pitch.

The news has been overwhelmingly welcomed by fans despite the prospect of the Seasiders playing away from home for the entirety of next season and possibly further. Latham Park in Newtown has been put forward as a proposed location for the clubs ‘home’ games.