Vital Football

Latest Nottingham Forest News

Fans Warm To 'Super Stadium' Idea

Fans Warm To  'Super Stadium' Idea

Now that the dust has settled and we have all had time to mull over the idea of moving into a shiny new home, (albeit in seven years time), opinion is obviously divided. That opinion though would seem to be mostly in favour of the move.

When the news first broke on the message boards it was greeted with disbelief and dismissed as farcical. A 40,000 seater stadium, with the intention of raising it to 50,000 for what is still a League 1 club is an ambitious plan to say the least. But the club is at pains to stress that they don't plan on being a League 1 club much longer. That surely has to be music to all our ears, as it would mean the club intends to invest in the team and move on upwards.

The more sceptical fans suggested this was just a smokescreen to deflect attentions from their inability to get anything right regarding all things football. Fair comment really in light of recent activity, or lack of it at the City Ground. But this is no smokescreen. The plans have been drawn up, the builders are in place, the Council are on board and the club want it to happen. Chief Executive Mark Arthur has said he wants it to be an iconic piece of architecture and for it to stand out from the more conventional 'flat pack' style stadia seen springing up all over the country.

Many supporters both young and old are up in arms at the thought of losing their spiritual home and thoughts of progression and better facilities won't matter a jot. A major concern would be the clubs' ability to fill such a place. The thought of 20,000 empty seats doesn't bode well for a good atmosphere and many see it as another step down the corporate road to hell. The naming of the ground has been up for debate, with everyman and his dog wanting it named after the great man Brian Clough and quite rightly too. It has to be said though, that as much as we may think this is right, the probability is that it will bare the name of some sponsor, so get used to the 'Capital One Stadium', you may be hearing it a lot.

These are all the negatives, what about the positives? There are many, not least the promise from Mr Arthur that this will not deflect from ambitions on the pitch. That's good, because for a few years now many were having doubts. Arthur told the assembled press that promotion was the goal, both this year and next and then on to Europe. A bold statement indeed, but a welcome one at that. Other benefits would be for the city as a whole. Road and rail links would lead to new jobs. The influx of new money can only be good for the local economy and last but not least, it will enable NFFC to hold both European and World Cup games at the ground.

There is much to be sceptical about, but there is more to look forward to. This is an ambitious plan by the club and they should for once be applauded. 2014 is the proposed finish date, so fans have a while to say goodbye to the City Ground, a place that holds many good memories and has served Forest well. Hopefully there are some more good ones to come.



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:guinless
Date:Sunday June 24 2007
Time: 10:17AM

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Joshua v Klitschko?

Comments

0
Excellent article, had read the press about this and was surprised but as you say, they are't talking about now and they aren't intending to stay where forest DON'T belong (league one). I'd say for a 40 000 seater, you surely have to be in the prem or at least knocking loudly on the door to get back in? Good luck next season, hopefully the experience of the last one will set the players in good sted.
The Fear
24/06/2007 10:27:00
0
Good stuff as always Guinless. I am slightly sceptical regarding the timing of this announcement but at the same time it is at least of mark of intent. We will need a bigger stadium sooner or later if we are ever going to be a decent Premiership side again. Seems a long way off though....
wemaybefamousagain
24/06/2007 20:01:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Nottingham Forest Articles

Forest v Fulham; A Vital Preview.

Slavisa Jokanovic`s Fulham are tonight's vistitors to The City Ground for Forest`s last home game before the International Break.

Match Day Officials v Fulham (27/9/16)

The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game against Fulham this Tuesday.

Montanier Wants Improvement For Fulham

Head coach Philippe Montanier has said he's looking for defensive improvement ahead of the game tomorrow evening against Fulham.

Montanier On Wednesday Disappointment

Head coach Philippe Montanier has been speaking of his disappointment at the decision making of referee Kevin Friend during Nottingham Forest's loss to Sheffield Wednesday...

Archived Vital Forest Articles

Vital Forest articles from

Site Journalists

Kev Finnegan
no email
Profile
Our Kids Dad
Editor email
Profile
Those Feet
no email
Profile
WillT
no email
Profile
Galaxy42
no email
Profile
Mark2310
no email
Profile
bazforest
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Nottingham Forest v Fulham
Suggested By:
Forest win56%
Fulham win33%
Draw11%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Norwich 9 6 2 1 20 6
2 Huddersfield 9 6 1 2 19 4
3 Brighton 9 5 2 2 17 6
4 Reading 9 5 2 2 17 0
5 Newcastle 9 5 1 3 16 10
6 Birmingham 9 4 4 1 16 4
7 Barnsley 9 5 0 4 15 6
8 Wolves 9 4 3 2 15 3
9 Brentford 9 4 2 3 14 6
10 Bristol City 9 4 2 3 14 5
11 Sheff Wed 9 4 2 3 14 -1
12 Leeds Utd 9 4 1 4 13 -1
13 Fulham 9 3 4 2 13 -2
14 Ipswich 9 3 3 3 12 0
15 Forest 9 3 2 4 11 -2
16 Q.P.R. 9 3 2 4 11 -4
17 Aston Villa 9 1 6 2 9 0
18 Burton 9 2 3 4 9 -2
19 Preston 9 3 0 6 9 -4
20 Blackburn 9 2 2 5 8 -6
21 Cardiff 9 2 2 5 8 -7
22 Derby County 9 1 3 5 6 -6
23 Rotherham 9 1 3 5 6 -12
24 Wigan 9 1 2 6 5 -3
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Nottingham Forest Results (view all)

Nottingham Forest Fixtures (view all)

Sep 27 2016 7:45PM : Fulham (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 1 2016 3:00PM : Bristol City (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 14 2016 7:45PM : Birmingham City (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 18 2016 7:45PM : Blackburn Rovers (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 22 2016 5:30PM : Cardiff City (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Oct 29 2016 3:00PM : Reading (a)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Jimmy Gordon383
2.Apollyon365
3.the jock299
4.orbitalforest271
5.Our Kids Dad216
6.Calvin Plummer203
7.AdebolaCornflakes202
8.forestfaninvegas180
9.da fuq148
10.Giuseppe Garibaldi130