Derry City confirm temporary move to Maginn Park in 2017

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DERRY CITY have confirmed that they will start 2017 by playing their home games at Maginn Park in Buncrana.

With Brandywell Stadium closed while development works are being carried out, Derry have been on the look-out for an alternative home.

In a statement released this evening, Derry City have announced that what they call ‘the initial home games’ of next season will be staged at Maginn Park, the home ground of the Inishowen Football League.

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The Lone Moor Road outfit are considering what is says are ‘other options’ for late in the campaign but, for now, Maginn Park will host the Candystripes.

Derry City are set to lay on transport to and from Buncrana for supporters.

Derry are to install seats in the stand at Maginn Park, which would then stay permanently at the venue.

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Other works that had been earmarked as essential last year – during exploratory talks between the relevant parties – included extra lighting in the main stand, the erection of emergency lighting at exits, toilets and in the stand, the provision of portable toilets and the segregation of away supporters.

It is likely that Maginn’s capacity would have to be capped, something that Derry have acknowledged.

The Derry City statement reads: “Derry City have let it be known that the initial home games of next season will be played in Maginn Park, Buncrana.

“They are continuing to explore other options for later in the season but, failing any positive outcomes to those explorations, Maginn Park will facilitate the rest of the games.

“The only difficulty presented by the Buncrana venue is one of capacity. For the greater number of matches, the club believes that the capacity will meet the demand but they realise that in some matches, capacity will be limited.

“The club are said to be very pleased and grateful to the management of Maginn for the welcome and the flexibility they have shown to Derry City.

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“The club is also exploring ways of providing public transport to and from Buncrana for supporters who don’t drive or who prefer to go to matches with groups of friends.

“The club have also made it known that season tickets will go on sale next week.”

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Sports writer from St Johnston, now based in Letterkenny, with ten years' experience covering sport in Donegal. Was a nominee for NUJ Sports Journalist of the Year in 2010. Honoured by the Donegal Boxing Board in 2016 for his coverage on the sport.

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