The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)

Sta­dium up­grade vi­a­bil­ity brought in fo­cus

- Inverness · European Union · Inverness Shinty Club

The Ca­manachd As­so­ci­a­tion is to lead a probe into the vi­a­bil­ity of be­ing able to fi­nance a dra­mat­i­cally up­graded Bught Sta­dium in In­ver­ness, so of­ten the venue of ma­jor fi­nals and in­ter­na­tion­als.

The wooden grand­stand re­quires re­place­ment while the show­ers and toi­lets have been heav­ily crit­i­cised by play­ers.

The 5,000-ca­pac­ity sta­dium has been home to In­ver­ness Shinty Club since the 1920s.

As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Keith Loades said: “The user group, led by the as­so­ci­a­tion, has gained fund­ing from High­land Coun­cil to en­able a fea­si­bil­ity study to be launched into re­fur­bish­ment of the sta­dium.

“This study will pro­vide vi­tal de­tails of the op­tions”

“Cost, and how that can be met, will be cru­cial but this study will pro­vide vi­tal de­tails of the op­tions in­volved and we look for­ward to its progress.”

Mean­while, the pres­i­dent re­vealed the as­so­ci­a­tion is to ad­vise and en­cour­age clubs in­ter­ested in en­hanc­ing their pitch or fa­cil­i­ties.

There have been sig­nif­i­cant ad­vances at some clubs in re­cent years.

But Mr Loades, who was Kin­lochshiel’s de­vel­op­ment di­rec­tor for their new £400,000 pitch, com­mented: “There are other clubs whose pitches or fa­cil­i­ties leave some­thing to be de­sired.”

He said: “The sit­u­a­tion is be­ing wors­ened by the loss of EU Leader pro­gramme fund­ing, which has as­sisted sev­eral club de­vel­op­ments, if Brexit takes ef­fect.”

He added: “Our as­so­ci­a­tion is set­ting up a new fa­cil­i­ties and pitch sup­port group, and we in­vite clubs to be rep­re­sented.”

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