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GC. wrote: Mon Feb 12, 2024 9:51 pm Mono stand is 450 capacity. If it cost €100k then at €15 a ticket it would pay for itself after 15 games if at full capacity.
Important to also note, Bohs installed that stand at the cost and knowing it would be pulled down in 3-5 years time when the development kicks in.

Yes the new DP will be funded by Fingal CC, but Bohs had collateral to offer to the table unlike we have for LCC, maybe Rovers too didn't have too much on the table but that;s another story.

It also makes what we done having gone through 2 x EL group stages almost unbelievable, yes yes yes we don't fully own it, but does it prevent a tenant 'for their life' building a state of the art garden shed / BBQ area, decking etc.
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I heard this week that Dundalk were not proactive enough looking for Sports grants to upgrade Oriel . Does anybody know what grants we looked for if any , over the last 20 years . I am not going to even mention up to nearly 10 million won in Europe . Absolutely nothing has been done in last 20 years , bar the YDC . I am still trying to figure what that building is , a covered terrace is what should be on that side of the ( length) ground . Hopefully the new owner has an ambitious plan for the future of Oriel & Dundalk Fc . Stevie states we are in a transitional period & that is 100% understood . Surely it’s time to look to the next 100 years & have a stadium & facilities that we can look forward to going to matches & spending time at , the sky is the limit . If the stadium is there & the team is flying high , winning trophies & playing in Europe , the sky would be the limit . The East coast from Belfast to Dublin is a densely populated area , young people are filling grounds like Richmond , Tolka , Dalymount , to full capacity & Tallaght etc. Cmon The Town . Onwards & upwards .👍
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No one expects state of the art ground or a magic wand with a new stand built within a season, but we have missed so many chances.

Nothing was preventing roofing both sides of the stand in a L Shape (as not to impede stand view), or a terrace behind town goal built, all lazy excuses, we don't own it, well effectively we do, as the ground rent is not that big, and DFC are responsible for all upkeep.

I still say on any given home game, if its raining, it will take 300-500 off the crowd as for ground going fans not all will fit under stand, and a lot won't want to go shed side.

Also that new wheelchair place, should have actually gone in the corner carrick road - shed side more to think of it, as they have a ramp there for toilets (I think), def one in the away section, could easily have done some sort of roofing over it also. Under the stand behind away dugout was another option.
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Drogheda have announced that they have purchased the United Park site from the FAI. Huge for their plans for a new stadium and academy set-up
https://droghedaunited.ie/drogheda-unit ... vers-park/
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Wonder how much their new owners paid, but I think there is a clause still from FAI that a new ground has to be built first still, before it can be sold off.

Good news all the same, pity we can't do a deal with the Casey Group and fully acquire Oriel.
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I remember the ex Chairman of Drogheda saying they were looking at a few locations for a new ground. They will probably sell United park and build a new ground. United Park is surrounded by houses, can't do much development

A good start by the Trivela Group. They did say they were committed to a new ground when they took the reigns.
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There is no way Drogs will stay put, behind both goals for a start is the problem, pitch too small, abs no space to build.

They'll get a fortune for it, but problem is what they will build and buy will also be astronomical in price and will still require heavy grants and more than likely borrowing, but they have made good progress with this for sure getting the ground back.
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Well done Drogheada , good luck .👍
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Ye they'll get a fortune for it is right, but they won't have to pay mad money for a new site because it will be zoned for recreational use rather than housing. It's a very smart move on their end. They had a site identified previously on the north side of town i think
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