Lincoln City press ahead with plans for new stadium
2 December 2016
Lincoln City are pressing ahead with plans for their new stadium on a site about a mile away from the city centre.
The new ground would have a capacity of between 10,000 and 12,000 and would include retail outlets and function rooms and would be open seven days a week, 365 days a year.
A new road bridge will need to be built over a railway line to give access to the site in the Beevor Street area of the city.Chairman Bob Dorrian says once construction the bridge has been approved, talks with investors can progress further.Talks have recently been held with potential investors, the City of Lincoln Council, architects and stadium designers.
"We are moving on with the project as much as we can," said Dorrian today, who is heading up the project along with managing director Kevin Cooke."A road bridge needs to be built to make that site accessible – and that could be between three and five years away.
"What we're doing now is putting everything in place as much as we can before we can actually get on the site. Then we can show investors something concrete.
"At the moment, three to five years is probably too far ahead for most investors. When the road is in, or at least being started, we can then start talking to more people who maybe want to be included in the new stadium.
"But we're at the mercy of that road development so we can access the site. By the end of 2017, we would hope to have things in place so we're ready to press the button."We need a stadium that will earn us money 365 days a year. We need proper banqueting facilities, function rooms and seminar rooms."While we've got some of that here at Sincil Bank, it's all a bit antiquated and it doesn't work very well."
Dorrian believes a new stadium will benefit not just the club, but the city as a whole."I believe the possibilities in a fast-expanding city like Lincoln are endless," added Dorrian."In five years' time, if we can get something going, it would be to the huge benefit of the football club. But not just to the club, for the city itself.
"It will create new jobs and hopefully other commercial outlets will spring up around it on the back of a football stadium being there."
As an Imps fan since childhood, Dorrian admits he would leave Sincil Bank – the club's home since 1895 - with a heavy heart, but insists it is essential to help take the club forward."I've been coming here since 1956 and used to stand on the open Sincil Bank side of the ground in all weathers," added Dorrian.
"It'll be a massive wrench for a lot of people. On the other hand, the facilities will be much better than what we've got here."
Dorrian says he will do his utmost to make sure the stadium is original and stands out from other new grounds which have sprung up around the country.
"That's the challenge for the designers of the new stadium," said Dorrian. "We will try to make sure that our new stadium, even though it's not a particularly big one, stands out.
"We'll make sure it is a unique stadium for Lincoln City."County neighbours Scunthorpe United, Grimsby Town and Boston United are also planning new stadiums