With planned capacity of 15,000 to 20,000 people, new Bury FC stadium will be built away from their historical home at Gigg Lane.
On Tuesday Bury FC chairman Stewart Day met with Bury council authorities to discuss the club’s long term future. The 3rd-league club are hoping to leave Gigg Lane, their home of 132 years, and build a brand new stadium elsewhere.
Detailed location hasn’t been indicated or secured yet despite early announcement of the plan dating back to October of last year.
Bury claim they need the change badly as their current stadium is used only some 23 times per annum. The new one would be open 365 days a year, incorporating retail and possibly a hotel, among other uses.
Bury’s plan is ambitious with the capacity expected to be between 15,000 and 20,000. Keep in mind, it’s a club still fearing relegation to League Two as the season is ending. The ambition was to get promoted rather than struggle for survival.
Already next week or within the next two weeks we should see planning application filed for residential and commercial development within the perimeter of Gigg Lane. Eventually the entire stadium site might be replaced by new uses. Bury’s FC initial time frame for relocation is 3 years.