Ryman North Aveley have named the brand new home they are building Parkside as proud officials fired the starting gun on the race to sell the stadium’s naming rights.
Due for completion in July 2017, the £4.8 million pound all weather community facility will provide The Millers with a new state-of-the-art main stadium and artificial turf pitch, a separate full-size grass floodlit pitch and two junior grass pitches.
The sale of Mill Field, the club’s home since 1952, has helped to fund the project which has already captured the imagination of their local community and is generating increasing interest among local businesses and organisations.
With Justin Gardner’s side third in the table and the stadium on course to open in time for the 2017-18 season, Aveley secretary and Ryman League vice-chairman Craig Johnson told the club’s fans on Monday that “exciting times” lay right around the corner.
He said: “With the build well into full swing, we have decided to announce the name of the ground early given the big interest currently being shown. These are special times for the club and we look forward to the day when we open the door of our new state of the art facilities which will be the talk of the village and something that the people of Aveley can be proud of. We are looking at naming rights for the stadium so if anyone is interested I would be happy to discuss.
“After a slow start to the programme, the last few weeks has seen noticeable works being undertaken. Piling of the clubhouse and main stand has finished, and work on the 3G main pitch has started.
The outside grass pitches are currently being levelled and should be seeded by the end of next week. The fencing contractors are due on site at the end of the month and preliminary works on the car park will start shortly.”
“It is certainly exciting times, as after many years of talking about the possibility of a move, we can see our future evolving daily in front of our very eyes. There is certainly a lot of interest. Everyone I speak to is asking when will it be ready, what are they building, what are you having? You would be surprised what our on-site security cameras can pick up with a few familiar drive-by admirers being seen!”
Johnson also backed Gardner and his side to keep delivering on the pitch while their new arena is being built, adding: “Justin has assembled a young squad, that is certainly entertaining to watch, with goals aplenty at both ends of the pitch. They are trying to play the game how it should be and developing all the time.
As far as this season is concerned, Justin has a target, he has never failed to meet those set in previous seasons and I have no doubt in his ability to do the same this season.”