SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan has welcomed a statement from Derry City Football Club Chair Philip O’Doherty indicating that the multi-million pound redevelopment of the Brandywell Stadium is to begin in May.
Mr Durkan has also paid tribute to the “tenacity and commitment” of all those who have stood strong in recent years for a new facility in the city.
He said: “I welcome the news from Derry City Football Club that construction on the redevelopment of the Brandywell stadium is to begin in May.
“I also want to acknowledge the tenacity and commitment of all those who have stood strong during many twists and turns in recent years over the redevelopment of the Brandywell stadium.
“Derry City Football Club needs a first-class stadium with quality, capacity, and facilities that underline their ambitions as a leading League of Ireland club.
“The proposed commitment to social, economic and cultural regeneration for the wider Brandywell area is also greatly encouraging.
“I have no doubts that the new stadium will not just be an asset for both the club and the local community, but a premier facility for the city at large and the wider region as well.”