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Weymouth FC unveil series of stadium improvements ahead of first home game of the season

Weymouth FC unveil series of stadium improvements ahead of first home game of the season

Weymouth FC unveil series of stadium improvements ahead of first home game of the season
Weymouth FC played out a 1-1 draw with Bath City in the National League South after unveiling their ground upgrades.

Fans attending Weymouth FC’s first home game of the season against Bath City on Tuesday night (6 August) got to watch the match from the comfort of the club’s improved facilities at the Bob Lucas Stadium. The stadium upgrades were made possible by investment from the Premier League, which has been delivered by the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF).

The investment has allowed Weymouth FC, who were promoted to the National League South at the end of the 2018/19 season, to replace their floodlights and roof and seating of their stand. The upgrades and improvements ensure that that the club meet the requirements of Category C for the FA National Ground Grading Criteria applicable to their Step 3 level.

Weymouth’s old floodlights were purchased second hand from Portsmouth FC, consisting of four steel columns with 48 light fittings. The club were no longer able to find spare parts to service the system and it was considered that it had reached the end of its serviceable life. The main stand roof had deteriorated over recent years and there was a considerable number of broken seats – all of which needed to be replaced to meet the ground grade required.

Former professional footballers Graham Roberts and Andy Townsend both played for Weymouth FC in the 1980s. Roberts left The Terras to sign for Tottenham Hotspur in May 1980, whilst Townsend joined Southampton in January 1985.

The project was made possible by a £89,792 grant from the Premier League, which is delivered through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund – the sister organisation of the Football Foundation.

Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “My congratulations go to Weymouth FC for their efforts throughout this project, which follows their promotion to Step 3. The FSIF, thanks to investment from the Premier League, works hard to support clubs as they work to move up through the game and this is a great example of what that money can achieve.

“I hope that Weymouth FC are able to make the most of their ground improvements and that their fans enjoy the new, more comfortable spectator provision. I’m sure that this project will support the club in further growth, both through developing their players and encouraging more locals to come along for fixtures.”

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I’m sure that this project will support the club in further growth, both through developing their players and encouraging more locals to come along for fixtures.” - Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund 

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