Portadown have revealed exciting plans to redevelop their Shamrock Park home and transform it into a community stadium.
The project centres around the replacement of the old Main Stand, which has sat derelict and disused for over a decade, with a new structure that will increase the seating capacity on match days and include facilities that will be used by the public throughout the week.
Another big part of the club’s plans is to replace the current grass pitch with a 3g surface, which would increase the number in the Danske Bank Premiership to six, with Dungannon Swifts set to lay on this summer.
The most immediate work expected to take place, however, involves what the club has described as a ‘state of the art training facility’ to replace the current training pitch situated behind the empty end of the ground.
That will see an artificial surface laid and a dome structure erected, which the club intends to open for use by local schools and community groups, as well as their own youth teams and it is hoped this work will commence in the coming months.
The rest of the project is likely to hinge on the long-awaited Sub Regional Stadia funding being released by the Stormont Executive.
The new stand, replacing the old one that was condemned a number of years ago, will seat 1,046 spectators and increase the overall capacity at Shamrock Park to 3,814 and will include community space and the opportunity for business outlets.
The club will invite local residents to Shamrcock Park to study detailed plans on Wednesday May 25, before a public consultation meeting later that evening.
The stadium has undergone previous redevelopment work over the last 20 years, with the away stand behind the goal at the Chalet end erected before the old stock car track was removed and pitch moved before the new Main Stand was built a few years later.