Cowdenbeath FC can today confirm some changes which impact on our Betfred Cup ties v Hearts and Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
As many know, Central Park was badly hit by flooding in the storm on 11/12 August. The ground floor of the building was inundated with water which flowed in from outside from the car park area and this caused extensive and expensive damage. Work has been underway since then to remediate matters not least to allow us to host our home fixtures under the Covid social distancing requirements, starting with our match v Hearts on Saturday. This was well in hand.
However, this weekend a further storm created a new problem. On Saturday morning when we entered the interior of the new stand there was further significant flooding in the downstairs areas. Water was running down some walls and coming through ceilings. Upstairs in the Boardroom water was pouring through the ceiling.
This time the problem was a major roof leak. 8 rooms were scheduled to be used as dressing rooms for the Hearts game and many of these have been impacted to differing degrees. Some repair works already completed will need to be redone with floors being taken up whilst some ceilings now need replaced. The current internal building works have been partly interrupted whilst roof repairs, weather permitting, will take a few days.
It was thus evident that Central Park’s dressing room facilities would, because of this new damage, not all now be ready for the game on Saturday. We therefore can now confirm, following discussions with the SPFL and Hearts and with the kind assistance of our friends at East Fife, that Saturday’s Betfred Cup tie v Hearts will now take place at the Locality Hub Bayview Stadium with a 3pm kick off.
We have also been in discussions with Inverness Caledonian Thistle re the Betfred Cup tie at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium on Tuesday 13 October. Our thanks go to Inverness Caledonian Thistle and the SPFL for their agreement to advance the kick off time to 6.30pm.