“My desire, is always to be here. Oh City Ground.”
Wish granted, my friend!
It is not often that the phrase ‘going nowhere’ has positive connotations.
But this is one of the exceptions to the norm.
Nottingham Forest are staying put.
No need for the For Sale signs and you can turn off the Rightmove notifications.
A house which has been occupied since 1898 is being made a forever home.
It is going to be getting a facelift and brought kicking and screaming into the 21st century.
#NFFC can confirm that the club are now able to proceed with plans to redevelop The City Ground and surrounding area.
— Nottingham Forest FC (@NFFC) February 28, 2019
Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis has said in a statement on the club’s official website: “The City Ground has iconic history and memories for our supporters and these legacies were fundamental in our decision us to remain on the banks of the River Trent and not relocating to an alternative site. This is our home and we will remain here forever.
“We want our supporters to play an important role in the decision-making of the club. Our intention is to now consult with our supporters and the wider Nottingham public to gain your views before making a formal planning application. I encourage you all to participate.
“This investment is about our club and the city of Nottingham and we are all committed together to deliver a place that we will all feel proud of, The New City Ground, our home forever.”
Once the reconstruction work is completed, there will be enough room for 38,000 spectators.
Forest will boast the largest stadium, in terms of capacity, in the East Midlands.
Having seen off that lot from down the road 1-0 on Monday, today’s revelation takes us to 2-0.
The good news just keeps on coming!
Plans for ‘The New City Ground’ look stunning and will be considered long overdue by many.
Personally, I am not old enough to recall the construction of what was The Main Stand in the aftermath of a fire in 1968.
I have occupied said terraces on plenty of occasions down the years, though, and not a lot appears to have changed!
What I can recall is the days of standing in the Bridgford Stand and Trent End and the sight of Teddy Sheringham and Stan Collymore netting iconic efforts (vs Liverpool, Manchester United, Wimbledon etc) with building sites as a backdrop.
Those efforts were recorded with Forest rubbing shoulders with the elite.
The intention is for the City Ground of the future to play host to similar occasions.
Premier League ambition is being shown off the field.