1992 Community Stand at Aldershot Town
Tue 3rd Jul 2012 | Football Stadiums & Facilities
Aldershot Town Football Club have confirm that subject to normal planning consent a brand new stand will be constructed at the High Street End of the club’s EBB Stadium which should be in use by the end of the year.
The new stand will enable the club to be in a position to fulfil the necessary criteria of 2000 covered seats required for Football League membership without any disruption to existing supporters.
With full agreement of the Board of Directors the stand is to be a physical legacy of the first 20 years of Aldershot Town Football Club. Formed in 1992 and starting in the Isthmian League Division 3 the club has made rapid progress through the pyramid and, next season, will embark on its fifth season as a Football League club.
The stand will be used exclusively to encourage new and particularly the younger generation of supporter. It will have an exclusive community development usage and there will be no match day ticket sales for League matches.
To help support this venture an invitation has been issued to the Aldershot Town Supporters Trust & Shots Football in the Community scheme to engage in the creation of the 20 year legacy. Rushmoor Borough Council have been invited to have their input into the community benefits that the use of this stand offers.
Innovative funding and operational use of the 1992 Community Stand is currently being planned and there will be further exciting details to follow in the coming weeks.
Speaking about the project Director Richard Low said, "To my knowledge this is a first and just underlines the progress that the club is making from top to bottom. To have this level of support for something that is effectively a non profit directive is testimony to where we are going and how we want to be seen as a football club.
"Growing our fan base is essential to prop up our plans for advancement. I have made no secret that we all need to drive the gate initiatives such as “the youth partnership scheme” and The Community Stand is just one of these excellent directives that will act as a show piece for the club on match days, providing we drive its use and target the right community partners I am extremely positive for its future.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank Paul Marcus from Eagle Radio for coming up with the initial proposal and volunteering to drive the scheme forward, and Richard Petty who has already put in lots of stressful hours to plan the new arrival."
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