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57 minutes ago, Conrad said:

It may be a 100k job but that’s on top of all the other jobs, like the pop up sprinklers for the training pitches, the Robbie Williams suite, plus other things we probably don’t know about.

add to that re surfacing Bycars Lane.

And a new P.A. System.

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It's a £100K job. If we can't find that after getting promoted then we need new owners.
L1 is hardly a pot of gold, not like going into the Prem. More income of course but higher wages and still a massive amount to be spent on bringing the stadium up to standard.

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Seriously though, spending some money on getting 2,000 seats usable in the best and newest part of the stadium is better use of funds than moneypits like the Bycars and Railway Stand (and almost anything else for that matter). I'd rather see the lorne Street fully finished and the Bycars closed down than spend a penny on sticky plasters to keep the capacity at the current level of 75%. Whatever you spend on the current Bycars it won't change the fact that it's crap.

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3 hours ago, Fosse69 said:

L1 is hardly a pot of gold, not like going into the Prem. More income of course but higher wages and still a massive amount to be spent on bringing the stadium up to standard.

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Crewe have received over £1,300,000 more than us over the past 3 seasons in solidarity payments because they've been in league 1 for a few seasons of that. It's not a massive pot of gold, but with much of the squad under contract there will be money out there to use wisely. Spending a bit of cash to create a proper family area I the stadium should be a massive priority, considering much of the infrastructure is already there.

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Question - If we finish the Lorne Street where are the extra supporters going to come from to justify the £100,000 expenditure
I would say the reason they have done the new room upstairs first is because they know the empty Lorne street wouldn't generate any new income. People will just move there from other parts of the ground. Where as the new suite will make enough money to pay for the new concourse.
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22 minutes ago, knapperm said:

Question - If we finish the Lorne Street where are the extra supporters going to come from to justify the £100,000 expenditure

Being able to give Derby 6,000 tickets would put a massive dent in that. We have to spend the money to finish the stand at some point. It's not an optional expenditure.

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Seriously though, spending some money on getting 2,000 seats usable in the best and newest part of the stadium is better use of funds than moneypits like the Bycars and Railway Stand (and almost anything else for that matter). I'd rather see the lorne Street fully finished and the Bycars closed down than spend a penny on sticky plasters to keep the capacity at the current level of 75%. Whatever you spend on the current Bycars it won't change the fact that it's crap.
I would expect Lorne St Family area to be a priority but it may not be ready for the start of 22/23. Moving the Gym and allocating £200k are key. Other items in the ground are also in need of funds to ensure the ground is safe.

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30 minutes ago, knapperm said:

Question - If we finish the Lorne Street where are the extra supporters going to come from to justify the £100,000 expenditure

It is still worth it and would only take a couple of season to get the money back if they made it in to a safe family stand. I reckon if they did this we could see 200 to 300 extra on the gates which would take 2-3 seasons to break even, plus extra next generation supporters coming through.

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A very good YouTube film by a Bournemouth supporter which looks at the financial aspects of extending their ground or moving ground. I’m not comparing us with Bournemouth, just highlighting it is worth a watch.

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Looks as though the club is still looking at it I stated before that we could even upon switching it to a home end change its name to the John Rudge stand, pop his statue there and eventually even look at safe standing for this end. Just my opinion ofcourse and it is alot to consider.
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That's fair enough I think. 

In essence, I think it's now the nitty gritty of getting agreements from the safety people, working out the logisitics that would all need to be sorted before anything could change. 

I would imagine with the lack of off-season time this summer (what with the play-offs and the RW concert) and the fact that season tickets have already been sold, it's much more likely to be a "summer of 2023" decision rather than anything this season - and fair enough, better to get it right than to rush it.

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At the very least if it’s going to be considered too late for league fixtures which I suspect will be their ultimate decision why not do it initially for all home cup ties and who knows maybe playoffs as a starter and then make it known there will be a permanent switch in the 23/24 season?

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