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Cambridge City edge closer to confirming plans for new stadium at Sawston

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Artist impression of the Cambridge City FC Sawston football ground. (36628231)
Artist impression of the Cambridge City FC Sawston football ground. (36628231)

Criteria for Cambridge City’s new ground at Sawston are close to completion.

The Lilywhites are now at an advanced stage in negotiations with suppliers and grant providers.

The specifications that have been drawn up will see a capacity of around 3,100 in order to meet ground grading requirements.

City’s project team have been working with various contractors during the past few months to finalise the needs of the club and establish agreements on timescales and costs.

They have also been working tirelessly to secure the necessary funding to deliver the project.

The first-team pitch will be grass, with a built-in automatic irrigation system, and night games will be supported by state-of-the-art LED floodlights.

There will be a 450-seat main stand with full disabled access that will also house club function areas and office space. A terraced area opposite the main stand will be able to hold up to 500 people, with concrete areas either side to allow for further expansion, if required.

Alongside the first-team pitch, there will be an artificial football pitch adjacent to the main stadium that will be available for hire and incorporate a viewing area for spectators.

Terry Dunn, City’s vice-president and safety officer, said: “The specifications will see the ground have a capacity of around 3,100, meeting the Grade B ground grading requirements when supported by the other facilities the ground will boast.

“The league ground grading officer has already approved the pitch measurements. The club would like to thank everyone involved in the project so far.”

Partner funding co-ordinator Pat McGowan added: “The finalisation of the technical, commercial and legal requirements is arguably the most important phase of the project as it will determine the overall delivery of the project.

“Our solicitors and architects are busy ensuring we are compliant with both our planning requirement and the criteria stipulated by the Football Foundation to receive funding.”

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