Banbury United has sold the naming rights to its ground, which will see the Spencer Stadium re-named the Banbury Plant Hire Community Stadium. An initial three-year deal is worth an annual five-figure investment to the Evo-Stik Southern League club. Mark Allitt, commercial director at United, said:
We’re extremely proud of our Banbury Spencer roots, but we’ve found that since becoming a fan-owned club, the interest from the Banbury business community has soared.
York Stadium hold-ups
The York Community Stadium has made a slow start, despite the council already spending £millions. A Yorkshire Press investigation has revealed the following figures:
- Greenwich Leisure Ltd were paid £416,684 in early design fees
- legal advisors Bond Dickinson were paid £189,121
- Legacy Habitat Management Ltd were paid £2,155 for installing and maintaining newt fencing
- York Archaeological Trust were paid £31,180 for their dig at the site
- building consultants Desco were paid £11,340
- engineering consultancy 3e was paid £18,252 for technical advice
- Savills were paid £23,588 for commercial advice
- FMG Consulting Ltd were paid £8,000 for “leisure commercial advice”
- Bluestone Design Ltd were paid £1,950 for work on the stadium website and photographs
- DLA Architecture were paid £9,102.61.
- Peter Groves, described as technical advisor for the project, was paid £13,862
Stadium of Light seat upgrade
Sunderland FC is about to embark on the replacement of the stadium’s seats, starting with the east stand. The stadium’s hospitality facilities will also undergo a facelift. The Montgomery Suite – named after the club’s FA Cup-winning goalkeeper – will be redeveloped with a “contemporary new look”. A new-look tunnel has life-sized graphics of current players.