THE first stage of a £150,000 project to inject new life into Featherstone Rovers’ Big Fellas stadium has been completed after terracing and seats were demolished to make way for new facilities.
The renovation – funded by a grant from the RFL Facilities Trust – will see a 20 metre extension to the pitch and a new stand installed on the Post Office Road stadium’s Railway Terrace.
Engineers ripped out the old terraces to make way for the covered all-seater stand – bought from Scarborough Council – which will include units for new businesses and sponsors.
Craig Poskitt, Featherstone Rovers’ chief executive, said: “The terracing has now been demolished and now we’re making a path to run around the back of the stand.
“This path will face the units which will be installed in the back of the stands and be available to house start-up businesses and a few of our sponsors.
“We hope to have the units ready in around four to five months.
“It is fantastic that we are in position to do this project and make good foundations when other rugby clubs around the country are struggling.
“We are investing, not just in the club and our fans but in the future of the sport industry.”
Mr Poskitt said the project was making “good” progress after two seated stands from the old McCain Stadium, former home of Scarborough FC, were moved to Rovers last year.
The stand steelwork has been reconditioned, including paint work to the steel columns.
The second phase, starting later this month, will see the training pitch behind the terracing levelled to allow for the construction of the foundations for the new stand.
Mr Poskitt aided: “Things are progressing well with the stadium redevelopment. This is a unique project and very complex so we try to avoid giving time scales on each phase as there are many different factors that can affect progress.
“I’d like to thank the dedicated volunteers who are making this ambitious project to come to fruition.”