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Club debut for new stadium stand

Falkirk Stadium
Until now Falkirk's Westfield stadium had only two stands

Falkirk Football Club is set to officially open a third stand at its Westfield stadium this weekend.

The stand, which was built thanks to a £2m pledge from Schuh founder Sandy Alexander, will seat about 1,800 fans.

Until now the capacity at the Premier League club's stadium was limited to just two stands seating about 6,000 supporters.

Mr Alexander will open the stand on Saturday for the team's friendly against Royal Antwerp FC.

The official opening comes five months after the organisation set up to run the stadium was disbanded.

Falkirk Council and Falkirk Football Club had jointly run Falkirk Community Stadium Ltd (FCSL) for six years as a vehicle to provide funding for the new stadium.

Since then, the pitch and the stadium's seating have been the responsibility of the club.

The council have retained control of certain business interests at Westfield and the area's development rights.

The club has consistently said it is committed to creating a fourth stand to complete the stadium, although funding for the project remains uncertain.



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