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VIDEO: Warrington Town unveils Omega stadium bid
10:00am Thursday 24th January 2013 in News
WARRINGTON Town have released ambitious plans for a new stadium to be built on the former Burtonwood air base site.
The club, who are aiming to make it into the Football League, say the 5,000 to 6,000 capacity ground would also include an indoor sport and entertainment venue.
Richard Sutton is chief executive at the club which currently plays at the Abacus Solicitors Stadium in Latchford.
He says a move to Omega would help realise the club’s lofty goals.
He added: “We have looked at other options for relocation which included a possible short-term switch to Wilderspool Stadium, but that did not prove to be viable.
"We want to create a destination stadium.
“Our intention is to make sure that we have the facilities and location to fully realize the town’s potential for football development, and that can be fulfilled here as part of a scheme that brings wider facilities into the area.
“We have spent a considerable amount of time looking at various football and other sport stadia facilities and it is clear that the stadiums of the future need to have multiple commercial uses, coupled with a much wider appeal to the local population.”
And the club has called on former England and Manchester United legend Bryan Robson to help with the plans, through his company Bryan Robson Sports.
He said: “The club have ambitious plans to develop a new sustainable Stadium complex to help them progress up the Football League structure.”
And Mr Sutton believes the club, which currently attracts crowds of between 100 and 200 for its Evo-Stick First Division North matches, can have a successful football league future - alongside the Wolves.
He added: “There is no reason why this town cannot emulate the likes of Wigan, Huddersfield Bradford and Leeds in sustaining successful football and rugby league teams drawing five figure crowds to both.”
He said the aim now is to produce a business plan that fits in with the wider scheme for Omega south.
“Along with our consultants Robson Sports, we are making good progress in our efforts to find the right investment partners and we believe that discussions with Miller and the Homes and Communities agency can lead to finding a way forward and we can bring these exciting plans to fruition,” he added.
Te proposed scheme, for the site at Omega south, close to the M62, includes
- 5,000 to 6,000 capacity stadium including gym and function suites
- Several full size all weather 3G pitches
- A Stadi Arena; An indoor event centre for up to 3,4000 people, hosting concerts, exhibitions, conferencing and indoor sport.
- An education unit, which could house a football university and link with a premier league academy.
- A community hub, including a doctor’s surgery, chemist and library.
- Affordable housing units within the stadium structure.