Oyston pledge to build final Seasiders stand

BLACKPOOL football fans – get ready for the fourth dimension!

Karl Oyston today confirmed he is committed to building a fourth stand at Bloomfield Road.

And The Gazette can reveal the Seasiders chairman hopes to work with the town's regeneration company to enable the stadium to be completed.

The Bloomfield boss says he wants to deliver a venue which could host events other than football – such as rock concerts.

While the long-awaited 8.5m Jimmy Armfield South Stand is expected to be open for business sometime next month, the fourth East Stand will require additional land to be acquired.

Regeneration company ReBlackpool says it wants to work with the club to make the dream a reality.

Blackpool FC chairman Karl Oyston said: "We are committed to working with ReBlackpool and everyone that is trying to regenerate Blackpool.

"When completed it will provide a venue in the town that will be able to hold events other than football.

"There is nowhere in Blackpool that could hold as many people, with the facilities. We have the corporate hospitality boxes and everything is here to hold large events."

Chief executive of ReBlackpool Doug Garrett said he wanted to see the stadium completed and there was a real desire for the development to be completed.

He said: "There is a need for us all to work together to promote the product that is Blackpool Football Club which I think can deliver great rewards for the local area."

Mr Garrett said the role of ReBlackpool would be to look at potential uses for a new East Stand. It could also assist with land assembly possibly using regional development agency money.

But the latter would only happen if the club signed up to a firm development plan.

He added: "I would like to see the stadium finished and become a home for top flight football. It's crucial in making a statement that Blackpool is serious about hospitality and welcoming people."

Once complete, the stadium will have a 16,000 capacity but if the ground was used for concerts, there is room for thousands more spectators on the pitch.

When the South Stand and it's 3,600 seats are opened, it will take the capacity to almost 13,000.