A conference centre and hotel have not been ruled out as part of the ongoing saga of Northampton Town FC’s Sixfields Stadium, according to the new owners.
The East stand development plan launched in June 2014 had included a bold plan for a conference centre and hotel as part of a deal with the Northampton Town council which financed the project with a £10.25m loan.
Under David Cardoza, the then chairman, the contractor, Buckingham Group, were not paid, and the deal fell apart, leaving the council with the debt.
New chairman Kelvin Thomas told a fans forum recently he had considered knocking down the East Stand and starting again, but has resolved to work with what is there and see the project through.
“We don’t think it’s the ideal design. Our decision is probably six weeks away but I will try and keep everyone informed,” he said.
Thomas told CN: “We are looking at options for a hotel and a Conference Centre. We feel it is a natural progression for the club. It will bring more visitors to the stadium and additional revenue streams into the club. Nothing is decided at the moment, but it is something we are certainly looking at.”
Cardoza’s plan had included a 100-bedroom hotel, connected to a conference facility boasting an ability to host up to 800 people.
Councillor David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council had said of the original 2014 plan: “This is a really significant day for Northampton Town Football Club and for the entire town as a whole. Increasing success in professional sports is as much about what happens off the pitch as on it. The expansion of Sixfields Stadium and the surrounding area will help to regenerate the west of Northampton and develop the club fully.”