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https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/local-sport/east-kilbride-fc-construction-new-22155072


East Kilbride FC have confirmed work on a new stadium will go ahead "as soon as we get back to some sort of normality."

The 4000-seater development in Langlands will be built by local charity East Kilbride Community Trust and the Lowland League side will be the prominent tenant.

The stadium was first given the go-ahead by South Lanarkshire Council's planning department in November 2017 when the development at Hurlawcrook Road was given permission in principle.

When EKCT first lodged their blueprint for a phased 4000-seater development, they had hoped to be operational by late 2018 with the stadium completed in its entirety by 2020.

After being hit by delays, East Kilbride FC have assured fans construction will get underway once lockdown measures are lifted.

East Kilbride Club secretary Dave McKenna told the club's website: "The final plans have all been passed and approved.

"Timing is not great as we know, but we are hoping to make a start on it as soon as we got back to some sort of normality and we get the resources, the materials, the people, all the practical things.

This stadium is definitely going ahead now.

"All along the Community Trust and the club have worked hand in hand. With the stadium being built with, and for, the Community Trust, it's obviously for just more than East Kilbride FC.

"The plans are fantastic. There's capacity for other sports and other uses of the stadium, so we will continue to work with Community Trust to provide this stadium.

"There's 80,000 people in East Kilbride, a lot of them very young, so the need for these facilities is long standing."

The news comes a week after the club appointed a new management team.

Stevie Aitken will manage the team alongside assistant Ian Durrant, the Rangers legend, and Aitken's brother Chris.

Aitken said: "There's a big project here, there's a new stadium planned that would put a lot of clubs to shame. 

"We just have to make sure we are in the right position at the right time for them to start building the stadium.

"They are desperate to start building it tomorrow, but it's a step at a time."

East Kilbride currently play home matches at K-Park Training Academy, also operated by EKCT. It was opened in 2011 and the venue has been EKFC's base since their first Lowland League campaign in 2013.



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No idea why there's a need for a 4000 capacity stadium in East Kilbride for a team with league averages of 161 spectators.

 

Sticking out our in the outskirts of the town with poor public transport links won't help.

 

I doubt no more than one stand will ever be build.

 

 

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Were these not the plans which were approved at planning 3 years ago? If that’s the case I’d imagine they are breaking ground to ensure the planning doesn’t lapse?

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No idea why there's a need for a 4000 capacity stadium in East Kilbride for a team with league averages of 161 spectators.
 
Sticking out our in the outskirts of the town with poor public transport links won't help.
 
I doubt no more than one stand will ever be build.
 
 



They could potentially be playing in that stadium for the next 50-100 years. Absolutely no reason why, what looks like a well run side, couldn’t get those numbers regularly for years to come.

As the lowland league gets stronger, and strong contenders to get into the national leagues in the relatively near future then this absolutely makes sense.

Well done EK

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They could potentially be playing in that stadium for the next 50-100 years. Absolutely no reason why, what looks like a well run side, couldn’t get those numbers regularly for years to come.

 

As the lowland league gets stronger, and strong contenders to get into the national leagues in the relatively near future then this absolutely makes sense.

 

Well done EK

 

I've heard this optimistic argument many times for building new out of town, oversized stadiums, including my own club. The increase in supporter numbers will be minimal.

 

There's not a chance your suggestion will come to fruition.

 

Is the EKFC stadium linked to any new housing proposal by any chance?

 

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I've heard this optimistic argument many times for building new out of town, oversized stadiums, including my own club. The increase in supporter numbers will be minimal.
 
There's not a chance your suggestion will come to fruition.
 
Is the EKFC stadium linked to any new housing proposal by any chance?
 



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No idea why there's a need for a 4000 capacity stadium in East Kilbride for a team with league averages of 161 spectators.
 
Sticking out our in the outskirts of the town with poor public transport links won't help.
 
I doubt no more than one stand will ever be build.
 
 

Yous want to groundshare again?

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21 hours ago, Cowden Cowboy said:

How is the new stadium being funded?

Is the sugar daddy at your neighbours funding the project and expanding his portfolio?

C’mon The Rose 

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Yous want to groundshare again?
Just as well it fell through as the stadium still doesn't exist.

I still say a 4000 capacity stadium for a team unlikely to get out of the lowland league in the foreseeable future will be a white elephant.

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11 hours ago, geo87 said:

 

 


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Put me in with that prediction as well then.

This is the first time I've heard about it, and it's literally the worst location I've ever seen suggested for a football ground in Scotland, by far. It's 0.7 miles from the nearest bus stop, which gets a crappy service anyway. The nearest pub appears to be a 1.6 mile walk away. There aren't more than a few hundred people living within realistic walking distance, and they'd need to walk up a big, boring hill through an industrial estate to get to it. The only people who will ever even know it's there are those playing at Langlands Golf Club.

What's happening to the old ground? If it's continuing then none of the income that helps support the facilities is going to move up to the new ground.

The current ground isn't in a great location but at least it's just off a main road and a lot of people pass going to the country park. I want EK to do well, which is why I really hope they ditch this plan.

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There's so much potential in EK, a town of 80,000, but building a ground a couple of miles past the end of the civilised world isn't the way to tap into it.

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Its a 2minute drive from kpark. Its not the other side of the world. There isnt really another spot more central with space to build a football stadium in east kilbride. There is a heavy touch of the green eyed monsters going on with a few of these posts. I get that alot of folk aren’t fans of the keanes, and how they go about there business. Im also not a fan. But its about a club, which is my local club trying to progress and build something for the future and for the comunity. Yeah they might never fill it. But is there a team outside the old firm and maybe hearts that comes close to filling there ground every week? They are showing ambition. In the hope the team can progress. Fair play to them.

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Its a 2minute drive from kpark. Its not the other side of the world. There isnt really another spot more central with space to build a football stadium in east kilbride. There is a heavy touch of the green eyed monsters going on with a few of these posts. I get that alot of folk aren’t fans of the keanes, and how they go about there business. Im also not a fan. But its about a club, which is my local club trying to progress and build something for the future and for the comunity. Yeah they might never fill it. But is there a team outside the old firm and maybe hearts that comes close to filling there ground every week? They are showing ambition. In the hope the team can progress. Fair play to them.
A stadium you need a car to visit (or a torturous bus journey)

Why build a 4000 capacity stadium that you'll never fill? Expensive and pointless use of what is stated to be charitable monies.

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A stadium you need a car to visit (or a torturous bus journey)

 

Why build a 4000 capacity stadium that you'll never fill? Expensive and pointless use of what is stated to be charitable monies.

Cant mind the last time i walked to a football game. Its always by bus or car.

 

Do you walk to cumbernauld much?

 

And why does the capacity of another clubs supposed new ground upset you so much? Cause it does seem to be grinding your gears a tad.

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Cant mind the last time i walked to a football game. Its always by bus or car.
 
Do you walk to cumbernauld much?
 
And why does the capacity of another clubs supposed new ground upset you so much? Cause it does seem to be grinding your gears a tad.
I never walk to Cumbernauld as I live in EK. That would be daft.

Would I have started to support Clyde if Shawfield wasn't on a convenient bus route? I doubt it.

Convenience obviously plays a part in trying to attract new supporters, especially children.

Regarding EKFC "grinding my gears". As an EK resident, you only have to look at some of the press clippings re. the Keans to understand why I feel the way I do. However that's a topic for another forum.

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I never walk to Cumbernauld as I live in EK. That would be daft.

Would I have started to support Clyde if Shawfield wasn't on a convenient bus route? I doubt it.

Convenience obviously plays a part in trying to attract new supporters, especially children.

Regarding EKFC "grinding my gears". As an EK resident, you only have to look at some of the press clippings re. the Keans to understand why I feel the way I do. However that's a topic for another forum.

Supporting a team because they are on a decent bus route is daft. But each to there own.
We wont agree on this one. Your vision is clouded by the fact the keans are involved and you obviously dont like them. Which is fine. I get it. But im looking by the keane factor and just enjoying having a local team with some sort of ambition that i can go and watch. Football and football fans are fickle as feck. Most teams have players or folk behind the scenes who have more than there fair share of baggage. But you support them regardless. Clyde being no exception to that.

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Supporting a team because they are on a decent bus route is daft. But each to there own.
We wont agree on this one. Your vision is clouded by the fact the keans are involved and you obviously dont like them. Which is fine. I get it. But im looking by the keane factor and just enjoying having a local team with some sort of ambition that i can go and watch. Football and football fans are fickle as feck. Most teams have players or folk behind the scenes who have more than there fair share of baggage. But you support them regardless. Clyde being no exception to that.
Fair enough

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9 hours ago, johnmc80 said:

Its a 2minute drive from kpark. Its not the other side of the world. There isnt really another spot more central with space to build a football stadium in east kilbride. There is a heavy touch of the green eyed monsters going on with a few of these posts. I get that alot of folk aren’t fans of the keanes, and how they go about there business. Im also not a fan. But its about a club, which is my local club trying to progress and build something for the future and for the comunity. Yeah they might never fill it. But is there a team outside the old firm and maybe hearts that comes close to filling there ground every week? They are showing ambition. In the hope the team can progress. Fair play to them.

It's not really about filling it every week. Most clubs would be happy with a bit of spare capacity. EK are talking about building a ground with 25 x their average crowds at the moment. That's the equivalent of East Fife building a 20,000 seater stadium because we might get into the premier one day. It's bordering on lunacy.

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