Debate by Oldham councilors lasted only 10 minutes and following vote gave unanimous support for the project of building a new northern section, Manchester Evening News reports. With everything going along plan, the stand may be ready in mid-2014.
Currently Boundary Park holds some 10,000 people, but it’s not the size that worries the club. Outdated facilities no longer meet the commercial reality of football. Thus, Oldham Athletic announced in February the plan to erect a new north stand to replace one torn down in 2008.
It would provide seats for under 2,500 people, but more importantly also 11 skyboxes and a larger suite, 500-guest hall and other commercial facilities, like a bar and restaurant. There’s also room for 286 parking spots in the scheme.
And it seems quite likely to get built as yesterday evening city councilors held a vote on the plan, giving it unanimous support. It was preceded by only 10-minute-long discussion.
With planning permission now in place the project should go ahead as planned. We should see the new section ready for the 2014/15 season.