Plans for 3G pitch and new stands at Mariners Park revealed

Plans for 3G pitch and new stands at Mariners Park revealed

South Shields Football Club is pleased to announce its full summer programme of work at Mariners Park.

Planning permission has been granted for the installation of a 3G pitch at the ground, as well as three new covered stands for supporters.

Renovation at Mariners Park has been ongoing since the club returned from Peterlee a year ago, and these are the latest steps in the development programme.

The next stage will begin on Monday, when work begins on installing a 3G facility on the bottom field at the ground.

The pitch is expected to be in place by mid-August, when it will then be hired out to those who want to use it, and also utilised by the club’s first-team, ladies and junior sides for training sessions. More details will be released in due course.

In addition, the three new covered stands to watch games on the first-team pitch should be in place by the end of July, on the opposite side of the pitch to the clubhouse.

Overall, the stands will have space for 800 standing supporters, bringing the total number of fans who can be covered during matches to about 1,400, and raising the overall capacity of Mariners Park.

Among the other summer plans are to install a balcony for supporters to watch games outside the top level of the clubhouse, and more provision for disabled supporters, including a new disabled toilet.

Meanwhile, on the first-team pitch, work to install drainage has been ongoing since May, and that process is now complete.

Over the coming weeks, work will continue to level the pitch and bed in new grass in time for the new season.

Michael Orr, South Shields FC managing director, said: “We are very pleased to have received planning permission for our summer works, which we hope will further enhance facilities for our supporters and the community.

“The 3G pitch, in particular, is very important for us, and will allow us to further engage with the community, hopefully leading to significantly increased footfall at Mariners Park on non-matchdays.

“The new covered areas were also a priority for us, because we had so many supporters last season that there wasn’t enough cover for them at some games to protect them from the elements.

“We will always strive to provide the best facilities possible for our supporters, and listen to feedback to improve them in whatever way we can.

“The 3G pitch should be completed by mid-August, while the new stands should be in place by the end of July, so everything should be in place well in advance of our first home league fixture on September 6.

“This is all part of our continued development plan at Mariners Park, and we hope to make further improvements in the years ahead.”

Updates on the progress of the summer work will continue to be made on the club’s Facebook and Twitter pages.