The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)
Stadium upgrade viability brought in focus
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.”