Cheltenham Town chairman Paul Baker says the state of current economic climate means it is not right for the club to rebuild their main stand.

Baker is eager to further improve the club's Whaddon Road home, where they have been based since 1932, and plans to complete the refurb of the main stand have been put on hold for the time being.

The three other stands of the venue have been transformed in recent years, the most addition coming in the 2005/06 season when the 1106-seater Hazlewoods Stand was opened.

The main stand was constructed in 1964 and there were plans to modernise it, giving it a capacity of 2500-3000, but Baker has given priority to on-field matters for the foreseeable future.

He said: "It won't be happening yet because the climate is not right.

"Our focus is on the playing squad and we would need to generate in excess of £1million to be able to proceed with a new main stand and realistically we don't have that finance.

“While we remain open to suggestions, I think supporters would rather see the cash go to the playing squad than a new stand at the moment."



Posted on 10/10/2012