THE QUADRANT: £5.5 million stadium would be ‘community hub’ for Boston

An artist's impression of Boston United's planned new Community Stadium
An artist's impression of Boston United's planned new Community Stadium

Boston United believe a new £5.5m stadium can be a hub for the entire community.

The Pilgrims’ plans for redevelopment show a 4,300 capacity stadium that - with the addition of further seating - would be good enough for the Football League were the club able to win two promotions.

But while chairman David Newton has high hopes for the club’s fortunes on the pitch, it is what lies below the main stand and on the nearby land that he believes will make the club sustainable.

The ‘Community Stadium’ would include an adjacent all-weather 3G pitch for community use and maybe also a multi-purpose sports hall.

Meanwhile, the main stand would incorporate conference and banqueting facilities, a café, education and community facilities, meeting rooms for hire and also a club shop.

“We want the whole community using it, not just Boston United fans,” Newton said. “We want evening clases, dance classes. We want to put the club at the heart of the community and that’s what we’re doing.

“We love using the brand of Boston United to engage with people. At a new stadium we can do even more of that.”

Boston United’s community schemes see them work with up to 11,000 children in the area. Also, more than 20 other teams - including community football, netball, cheerleading and dance - operate under the club’s banner. It is planned they will all use the new centre as their base.

It is understood that up to £2m can be claimed in sports grants, while a further £3.5m is expected to be made from the building of houses and retail developments.

Newton wants the stadium to be ready in four years’ time, when the lease on the York Street ground expires.

“The clock’s ticking, we really do need to get things moving,” he added.

United say the revenue raised will be ploughed back into the club, making it financially sustainable.

Moving away from York Street will also see the club save £70,000 per year in rent, plus a £10,000 water bill they are currently paying.”

The construction - if planning permission is granted - would take about 18 months.