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Linfield members support Windsor Park revamp

Linfield's Windsor Park ground is the venue for Northern Ireland internationals
Linfield's Windsor Park ground is the venue for Northern Ireland internationals

Members of Linfield FC have backed a £30m redevelopment plan for Windsor Park which would create a 20,000 all-seater stadium for Northern Ireland.

The members voted by a large majority to support a draft agreement between the club and Irish FA.

The running of the stadium would be taken over by a management company.

Linfield, as owners of the site, would receive £200,000 in rent annually from the IFA and the club will not have to pay for any maintenance costs.

"The Irish FA welcomes and is pleased with the decision taken by members of Linfield FC," the governing body said in a statement.

"This is another important step on making the redevelopment of Windsor Park a reality.

"The Association will now meet with our partners - DCAL, Sport NI and Linfield FC to discuss the next step in this process."

This is a good day for Linfield FC and for football in Northern Ireland
Linfield president Peter Lunn

In the past, rival clubs have expressed concern about the money Linfield were receiving for the use of Windsor Park for international matches.

Their current contract with the IFA nets them 15% of revenue from internationals fixtures.

It is expected work on revamping the out-of-date Windsor would take around 18 months.

The ground, where the capacity is just 14,500, is in desperate need of an upgrade.

"This is a good day for Linfield FC and for football in Northern Ireland," said Linfield president Peter Lunn.

"Our members have shown their support, in a mature and responsible way, for the broad agreement we have reached with the IFA.

"For some time now it has been perceived that the contract between Linfield and the IFA was a blockage to any progress in the development of a new stadium for the Northern Ireland football team.

"We are very proud of the way which both our management Committee and our members have responded to, at times, unjust and unwarranted criticism and made a decision that is fair for Linfield, as the owners of Windsor Park and in the best interests of football."

The £200,000 annual rental payment to Linfield would be index linked.



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