Nantporth

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Nantporth
Former names Normal Site Playing Fields
Location Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales
Coordinates 53°13′31.63″N 4°09′00.50″W / 53.2254528°N 4.1501389°W / 53.2254528; -4.1501389Coordinates: 53°13′31.63″N 4°09′00.50″W / 53.2254528°N 4.1501389°W / 53.2254528; -4.1501389
Broke ground January 2008
Opened 24 January 2012
Owner Gwynedd Council
Operator Bangor City
Surface Grass
Capacity 3000 - 1100 seated at stadium opening.
Tenants
Bangor City (2012-)

Nantporth (known for sponsorship purposes as The Book People Stadium) is a football stadium on Holyhead Road in Bangor, Wales. Bangor City F.C.[1] moved from their previous ground, Farrar Road, to Nantporth during January 2012.[2]

Previously the ground was used occasionally by Bangor University football and rugby clubs, as well as practical lectures by the University's 'Normal Site' campus, which is home to the Sports Science and Education faculties. The main pitch overlooks the Menai Strait, with stunning views in both directions along the coast.

Building work started on the new stadium in August 2011, and was completed in January 2012. Click Here to see photos of the ongoing development.

The stadium was built by developer Watkin Jones as part of a joint project with Morbaine Ltd. Both companies formed a further company "Deiniol Developments" for the purpose of the Nantporth construction and the development of the football clubs former home at Farrar Road into an ASDA supermarket. The work was undertaken on behalf of Bangor City Council the site owners. Under this agreement the developers installed 805 seats in the main stand. The club have installed a further approx. 300 seats in the Menai Stand on the opposite side of the pitch. A Planning application HERE has been submitted for further seating to be installed. Should Bangor City qualify for European football at the end of the 2011/12 season they will be able to play some of their home games at Nantporth after the FAW applied for a 1 year dispensation for clubs with a 1000+ seater stadium.[3] Bangor City hope to take the overall seating to over 1500 in time for Bangor to play any European matches there at the end of the 2012/13 season should they qualify.

A previous planning application has already approved the installation of a full-size astro-turf training pitch on the same site.

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