Ground all set to stand tall again

The former McCain Stadium on Seamer Road, and below, the stadium as it was.'Picture by Neil Silk  121912a
The former McCain Stadium on Seamer Road, and below, the stadium as it was.'Picture by Neil Silk 121912a
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ABOVE... the former Athletic Ground and below, the venue in its prime with Scarborough playing Barnet

SCARBOROUGH’S former Athletic Ground may now be razed to the ground – but its legacy is set to live on.

D015228n  in B29  pic AH'View of McCain Stadium during action from Boro v Barnet

D015228n in B29 pic AH'View of McCain Stadium during action from Boro v Barnet

The former East and West Stands at the Seamer Road venue are now owned by rugby league outfit Featherstone Rovers.

And the Co-operative Championship side have earmarked the stadia as a key catalyst for their drive to the Super League.

Under the plans, the two stands will be used in differing ways at the team’s Big Fellas Stadium.

One will stretch 75 metres along the length of the pitch to join an existing stand, with the second spanning 30 metres behind the posts.

The club, who currently ply their trade at the level below Super League, are striving for promotion via the sport’s licensing system in 2014.

That criteria includes club’s needing to have a capacity of more than 10,000, which Paul Coventry, who heads its project team, said would be facilitated by Scarborough’s stands.

Mr Coventry, a former chairman and director at the club, said he was excited by the proposals, which could take the club to a new level.

He said: “We have to wait three years for the Super League licence and under the regulations a club has to have everything in place.

“One of the boxes that needs to be ticked is the ground and these stands will help us do that.

“As a club, we are moving forward bit by bit.

“We are on target to achieve what we want.”

The Scarborough stands are currently being held in storage by the rugby club as they await the decision on the planning application.

Mr Coventry added Rovers, who ran big boys Wigan Warriors close in the Challenge Cup recently, would have to wait around eight weeks for a resolution.

Scarborough’s Athletic Ground was bulldozed late last year after the demise of Scarborough Football Club in 2007.

As well as the sale of the two stands, hundreds of seats were snapped up by Scarborough Rugby Club for use at their Silver Royd base.

And Steve Godber, Rovers’ director, has offered an olive branch to Scarborough football fans who may want to take in a rugby game

He added: “We want people to really take in the full experience and to enjoy the atmosphere at the ground.

“We are not expecting them to suddenly prefer rugby.

“However, we’re confident we can convert a couple of people and at least fans will be able to see their stands have found a good home.”