04:45AM, Wednesday 05 March 2014
Work has started on building a new £320,000 grandstand at Maidenhead United FC.
It will have more than 500 seats and a dedicated viewing area for disabled fans. The old structure is being torn down to make way.
The club says it will have a cantilever design that will also eliminate the need for support stanchions, leaving a clear view for all spectators at the ground in York Road.
Chairman Peter Griffin said the stand is expected to be ready for pre-season in July and will be a 'fantastic improvement'.
The Football Foundation has donated half of the money. Peter says the club is 'gradually getting there' in finding the remaining £160,000 through grants, sponsorship and private donations.
The Maidenhead United Supporters' Association has pledged £15,000 and will present its cheque to the club ahead of Saturday's home match with Bath City.
Peter added the club hopes to mark the opening of the new stand with some high-profile friendlies.
"It's the biggest major improvement to the ground in a long, long time and the first of many," he added.
"We are determined to make the most of it."
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