A video showing a projected makeover of Ilkeston Town’s stadium has been revealed with the club owner hoping they can reach the National League in five years time.
The Northern Premier League Division One South East side’s New Manor Ground is to undergo a £2 million revamp after manager and former player Mark Clifford from Alan Hardy.
THE PLANS INCLUDES:
• Rebuilding all four sides
• Installing a 4G synthetic pitch
• Bring self-sustainability to the club
• Energy efficient LED floodlight system
• Full-time sports bar
• Corporate hospitality and function areas
• New changing rooms
• The existing clock tower stand will remain and become offices and a new club shop
• To convert greenbelt land adjacent to the ground into a large car park
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Mr Clifford said, as quoted in the Derby Telegraph: “There are also discussions currently ongoing into the possibility of pitch-side LED advertising to replace the boards currently being offered.
“The industrial and office units that will be located around the exterior of the New Manor Ground will bring in large rental incomes, which will also go towards the running the club.
“The playing side shall not be affected in anyway and the club is always looking for ways to improve the squad and progress through the league pyramid but in doing so will NOT jeopardise the stability of the club moving forward.”
He added: “The team will be developed alongside the infrastructure of the club and we feel this ambition is achievable considering the income that the football club will generate in income.”
The new branding for the club is “the perfect time not only to create something professional and unique, but also to show the town exactly how big a part we want the to play in the future of the football club.
“It also needed to tell its own story, incorporating both historic features and those from the current day and positive messages for the future.
“Substantial thought processes have gone into the branding and especially the club’s crest, we have achieved something both modern and historic with its own story to tell. We hope people like it.”
After checking out the photos of Ilkeston Town’s new stadium revamp plans, fans took to give their reaction with many saying they’ll believe it when they see it – see those comments on the next page.