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Blog : Should we be following Falkirk's example?


By Kate Jackson
August 25 2013

In recent days it has been confirmed that the club are still looking to move into a new ground and they hope that to be in it in the next few years. However, there has been much debate about the type of ground that we should build.

Bob Dorrian has cited Chesterfield's B2Net Stadium as the example to follow when it comes to a new ground, however, I have never been a fan of the identikit stadium category that Chesterfield falls into. If we are looking to build a new ground then it should be something unique in English football, something that doesn't look like anything else within our footballing structure, and based on that I think that Falkirk's Falkirk Stadium is the right example to follow.

I went to the Falkirk Stadium with two friends a few years ago, one of whom was a Leeds fan, and it was a stadium that really impressed me. They have done an excellent job with a capacity of just 9,200. With it only being three sided, Falkirk have left an excellent opportunity for expansion if required, and based on the reaction to Bob Dorrian's interview the other day, fans are generally ok with a smaller capacity ground than Sincil Bank, if there is the potential for expansion, and this would certainly offer that.

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The ground has been built with modern facilities and with Bob seriously looking at non-match day income, a similar design to Falkirk's would allow for that to be maximised. 

Obviously location is also a major factor. Falkirk is right next to a major dual carriageway, allowing for quick getaways, even for bigger games and the crowd, albeit well under 5,000 that night, were all gone from the car park within five minutes of the final whistle, which is something I have never really seen before, and certainly makes a change from being stuck in the car parks at grounds such as Telford, Wycombe and Chester that only have one exit....often not being back on the normal roads until nearly an hour after the game had finished.

With the quality of design compared to it's size, the facilities available and the potential for example, I believe that we should be looking at this type of design of stadium rather than following the same, old, tired design that is plaguing English football at the moment.

I used to like visiting the newer grounds and hated terraced grounds....and whilst I am still not a fan of terraces, coming down the Conference has shown that grounds that aren't identikit are actually better to visit due to characteristics. That's not to say that some of the grounds in the Conference aren't crap. Alfreton and Tamworth are two of the worst grounds that I have ever visited, but at least they have character, which is more than what can be said for Chesterfield, Shrewsbury, Colchester and all of the rest who have ordered their grounds from Subbutteo catalogue.

 

 

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Blog : Should we be following Falkirk's example?
theimps.ka (IP Logged)
25/08/2013 14:04
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jal jal
Re: Blog : Should we be following Falkirk's example?
jal jal (IP Logged)
25/08/2013 14:43
Hi Kate

In the link below is a 360 degree look at Falkirks ground and facilities, and I think it looks impressive and should be the sort of ground we should be looking at with room for expansion if required.

And also in the 2nd link is statistics about the Falkirk Stadium

[www.360pix.co.uk]

[www.footballgroundguide.com]



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cjb01
Re: Blog : Should we be following Falkirk's example?
CJB01 (IP Logged)
26/08/2013 12:05
You should probably take a wider view than just the Falkirk example when considering the merits of a new stadium.

Many clubs in Scotland have wrestled with the problem of building new modern stadia, wanting to develop some non-football income but recognising often small fan bases limit the realistic size of a ground. Having visited a number of these stadiums, personally I don't like the Falkirk example although it works better than some others.

A number of Scottish clubs like Falkirk opted to develop a main stand large enough to incorporate hospitality facilities and other things such as gyms. Financially it makes sense, but also means that other parts of the ground are left woefully underdeveloped. Falkirk's is three sided and not to bad, but other examples (Dumbarton, East Fife) have only one stand. Clyde, though now four stands had initially only two down either side of the pitch. The down-side is these stadiums is they are very exposed and get EXCEPTIONALLY cold and windy (perhaps less of an issue in Lincoln?), but also suffer from a dire lack of atmosphere. Some tried other solutions...Stirling Alb have two stands and then "modern terracing" behind each goal, though due to the small size of the stadium (5000 capacity), the terracing looks a bit ridiculous and is seldom if ever used these days. For larger capacity stadiums I think doing something similar could work. It would retain atmosphere and the enclosed feeling of a ground whilst keeping costs down and allowing a club to invest in a well developed main stand concept. The other area to look at is Rugby League. Often I have felt frustrated that Football has gone down an all seater route whilst in Rugby League new stadiums are being built which include modern terracing. Warrington being an excellent example.

 
David The Imp
Re: Blog : Should we be following Falkirk's example?
David The Imp (IP Logged)
27/08/2013 09:38
We could just oh I don't know.... stay at Sincil Bank? Suggesting we don't need a 10,000 capacity ground is ludicrous! We were averaging over 5,000 a game for a few years and this season we are already getting nearly 1,000 extra through the gates.

The perfect Stadium should always be slightly bigger than what you could normally fill, we used to get 9,500 or around there in play off games which would suggest our capacity is spot on. Unless people are suggesting we will never reach L2 play offs again.

If we build a new ground it needs to be within walking distance of the city, near food outlets - not just a shitty mcdonalds. The ground is in a fantastic place for everything a fan could need, the town, shops, pubs, food is all within a few minutes walk. If we were to locate to triton road or north Hykeham would we have this? NO!!!



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David The Imp
Re: Blog : Should we be following Falkirk's example?
David The Imp (IP Logged)
27/08/2013 09:42
As for Falkirk, a ground with three stands and even worse, we had to walk over a mile to find food. Just awful! Couldn't do that every week



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Re: Blog : Should we be following Falkirk's example?
PoshImp (IP Logged)
30/08/2013 10:17
"the crowd, albeit well under 5,000 that night, were all gone from the car park within five minutes of the kick off"

Must have been a very poor start to the game, then, for them all to leave that early! Was it a boycott or something?

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