Club plans to build 9,000-capacity stadium as part of Newcastle Gateshead World Cup bid

Gateshead football team has bought land on which it intends to build a new stadium, on the former site of North Durham Cricket Club.

The stadium will have a capacity of around 9,000, with a 2,000-seater main stand, and all four sides of the ground will be covered. The pitch will measure 105m x 68m and will be to FIFA standards.

Facilities at the stadium will include reception and club offices, dressing rooms, a medical room, press and spectator facilities. There will also be executive suites and boxes and multi-functional space for match day hospitality and lettable business space.

On non-match days the stadium will be available for exhibitions and conferences, and there will be free parking for 600 cars at the adjacent civic centre.

The standing areas on three sides of the stadium will be capable of conversion to seating, in which event the capacity would be reduced to 6,000.

The Football Association is said to be impressed with the proposed new stadium, which will form part of the 2018/22 Newcastle Gateshead World Cup bid. The stadium proposals also tie in with the club's plans to turn professional from next season.