CARLISLE TO LEAVE BRUNTON PARK

Carlisle United Football Club has announced plans to build a brand new 12,000-seater stadium.

The proposed move will see the club leave Brunton Park - their home for the last 102 years. The plans were unveiled at a shareholders meeting and come as a result of a feasibility study commissioned to look into the options available for the club's future development and location.

The new stadium will also include an office and training facilities. It will also mean the club can meet Football League criteria as their current home only fulfils regulations for the bottom two tiers of English football.

Managing director John Nixon told www.carlisleunited.co.uk: "We have long had aspirations of playing Championship football and we believe it is within our reach. However, the basic ground requirement at that level is to have an all-seater stadium within three years of promotion.

"We would also need additional press and media facilities and costly improvements to our floodlighting. The Football League regulations, released in 2009, stipulated minimum ground standards which we are currently struggling to meet within Brunton Park. The Board would be doing a disservice to the fans if we didn't look into the future options for the club and report back to them for their input."

Carlisle will exhibit the results for supporter input on 24 November 2011 at Brunton Park.

Posted on 18/11/2011