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Football stadium plans unveiled

It is hoped the new stadium will be ready for the 2011/12 season

Gateshead Football Club have announced plans to build a new 9,000 capacity football stadium.

The Tyneside club have bought a site in the centre of the town, formerly North Durham Cricket and Rugby Club.

Facilities at the stadium would include club offices, dressing rooms, a medical room and press and spectator provision.

The club currently uses Gateshead International Stadium. The new stadium on Prince Consort Road would be the first to be owned by the club.

It is hoped the stadium will form part of the 2018/22 Newcastle Gateshead World Cup bid.

'Real identity'

Chairman Graham Wood said: "We have achieved an awful lot over the last few years and the construction of a new stadium in a central location is pivotal to our aspirations."

"These are exciting times for Gateshead Football Club. The new stadium will be a great addition to the town and give the club a real identity amongst the community."

Gateshead FC are currently members of the Blue Square Premier, the top non-league competition in England.

The unveiling of plans for a new stadium follows the recent announcement that the club will switch to full-time status from next season.

The club plan to move into the new stadium for the start of the 2011/12 season, which they regard as the start of a campaign to return to the Football League.

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