Bury planning new 15-20,000 capacity stadium by 2018-19 season, says chairman Stewart Day
By SSN HQ
Last Updated: 05/10/16 7:08pm
Bury chairman Stewart Day has plans to be competing in the Championship at a new stadium by the 2018-19 season.
Day, who took over the club three years ago, said they are ahead of schedule in the five-year plan he set out to achieve and is already in discussions over a new 15,000-20,000 capacity stadium to replace Gigg Lane.
Bury were promoted from the fourth tier of English football last season and are currently third in League One after 11 games, and Day revealed he intends to take the club up another division and to a new home.
"We'll be looking to develop it within two, two and a half years," Day told Sky Sports News HQ. "The aim would be round about the 2018/19 season we could be moving into a new stadium but we've got a lot of work to do between now and then, hopefully we'll be a Championship club by that point anyway.
"We want somewhere that has an atmosphere, that's a great place to go. We've talked about the 15-20,000-seater mark."
Although Day stressed the talks are in their infancy, the chairman said the club have the backing of key players and cited the new possibilities it would bring for the football club.
"We're in negotiations with the landowners to try and get that finalised," Day said. "It's in the infancy really but there's a lot of work going on behind the scenes, trying to get the infrastructure into place.
"Hopefully that will come to fruition because the council are certainly supportive of it. It's something we need to do as a football club.
"At the moment we don't get enough third-party income and non-football related income and you can't really have a business that is only operation 23 times a season. We need it to be 365 days a year.
"That's something that's key for me, it's part of my vision. That helps with the football club off the pitch as well because if we can starting bringing in those greater income levels it can help bring players into the club."