Press Conference (L-R) Gwyn Pierce Owen (Bangor City President), Gwynfor Jones (Bangor City Secretary), Trefor Lloyd Hughes, Dilwyn Jones and Richard Bennett (University)
Welcoming major investment by the Football Association of Wales and Bangor University into Bangor City's Book People Stadium, City Chairman Dilwyn Jones says that he can't wait for building work to get started.
"This facility will not only benefit Bangor City but will also benefit the City and the wider community. We want this facility to be a focal point for football, to develop skills but more importantly to give everyone the chance to play the game on a fantastic surface."
In addition to a new 3G artificial training pitch, the project includes extension to the main stand and installation of an education suite, construction of a supporters' terrace and other ground enhancements.
Announcing the Football Association of Wales' £350,000 investment in the project, FAW President Trefor Lloyd Hughes said, "This is a major investment in the future of football here in Wales. We are delighted that Bangor City, one of our biggest clubs has bought into the scheme.
“We hope that this announcement here today is the first of many and shows the FAW’s commitment to improving facilities throughout the country.”
This facility will not only benefit Bangor City but will also benefit the City and the wider community
In announcing Bangor University's £150,000 investment, Richard Bennett, Director of Sport and Leisure at Bangor University said, "This is another positive step as we continue to cement the relationship between Bangor University and Bangor City FC. The new 3G pitch will ease the pressure on our own resources and will be an excellent facility not only for university teams but for the wider sporting community in North West Wales.
"This project is also another stage towards our working more closely with Bangor City on a number of fronts, involving the world-leading expertise in our academic School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science."
Dilwyn Jones also thanked other funding organisations, including Bangor City FC Supporters' Association, the City of Bangor Council, Sport Wales, and the Wales Council for Voluntary Action, who all played vital parts in bringing the project to fruition.
"I expect work to start early in the New Year, probably at the beginning of February."