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Future use of Windsor Park


I found Liam Beckett's recent article: "Is Windsor Park too big for Linfield and Irish Football?" very thought provoking.

It has always been a thorn in the side of "non-Linfield supporters" that Linfield has had an unfair advantage both from a financial and home ground point of view. The next new stadium built in Belfast should NOT be a replacement for the Oval, rather it should be a down-sized, maybe a 5,000 to 6,000 capacity centrally located stadium, to be shared by Linfield and the Glens. as their "home ground". Windsor Park should be used for International games and, perhaps, Irish Cup Finals and semi-finals.

This will remove the complaints of the past, not to mention the recent embarrassing whining by Linfield regarding their upcoming County Antrim Shield final with the Crues. It's worth a thought?

posted 1 week, 2 days ago

wouldnt there need to be as many games as possible at Windsor to help pay the costs of the redevelopment? A half dozen to 10 games a year doesn't sound like it's enough.

Also what's the deal with the redevelopment of casement?

posted 1 week, 1 day ago

comment by Manfrombelmonty (U1705)
posted 1 hour, 56 minutes ago
wouldnt there need to be as many games as possible at Windsor to help pay the costs of the redevelopment? A half dozen to 10 games a year doesn't sound like it's enough.

Also what's the deal with the redevelopment of casement?
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Not sure about the status of Casement Park. It seems to be bogged down in politics.

With regard to Windsor Park, it can now hold 18,000-20,000 fans. It is often 85%- 90% empty for many Linfield games. The original Wembley Stadium was used for special occasions for many years (Internationals & F.A. Cup finals). I think the author was addressing the issue of atmosphere at local games played at a ground that is almost empty at many games. There also have to be costs incurred with opening up this almost empty stadium that then would be avoided?

The crumbling Oval has the same problem. I think that any tax-payer money would be best used for a modern lower capacity ground that both teams could call "home". Happy New Year!

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