Tranmere Rovers have won £200,000 in financing to build a 15,000-seat stadium on disused dockland.
As part of the Wirral Waters development initiative, a feasibility study for the £100 million Sports City on Birkenhead’s Bidston Dock will be carried out.
The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority pledged £100,000, which Wirral Council matched (LCRCA).
Tranmere Rovers were “totally committed” to paying the project if the plans were approved, according to the authority.
According to the Local Democracy Reporting Service, a representative for the council stated that Tranmere Rovers were unable to contribute financially to the research at this time due to the impact of the pandemic on the club.
If the location is approved, he says the team would sell its current Prenton Park home to help fund the project.
By January 2023, the research, which will analyze the feasibility of constructing on the docks, should be finished.
The council would utilize capital financing to make the £100,000 promise, which means it would not compete for resources with day-to-day services like leisure centers or senior social care.
According to a recent article, the proposal may be a “significant catalyst” for the regeneration of Birkenhead and the club’s future.
A computerized golf driving range, restaurant and retail outlets, and a sports research facility are all planned for the project.
The stadium concept also includes a hotel, conference and event facilities, and the capacity of the stadium may be increased to 25,000 people.
Peel Property and Development owns the land and supports the project’s principles, but stated that it only wants to be engaged in the concept as the land owner and not in the project’s development.