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Derry City Will Likely Be Without A Stadium For The Last 3 Months Of Next Season

Derry City Will Likely Be Without A Stadium For The Last 3 Months Of Next Season

Derry City will be without a stadium for the last three months of the 2016 season.

The City Council operate the Brandywell Stadium and they're about to undergo a large redevelopment including building a new stand, laying a 3G pitch and a new greyhound track. The club will have to look for a new home ground for the final three months of next season.

Potential alternative grounds include the Riverside Stadium, the home of Irish League club Institute and Finn Park in Ballybofey while Derry are expected to contact the FAI seeking to reverse some fixtures at the end of the season.

That may result in them playing the last 11/12 games away from home (and having the same amount of home games before that!). An arrangement that is likely to be met with strong resistance from the other 11 Premier Division clubs.

Following Derry City's exile from the IFA in the early 70s, the ground was used purely for greyhound racing and junior football.

Since the club's admission to the League of Ireland in the mid-1980s, Brandywell has been Derry City's home. The main stand in the Brandywell was constructed in 1991.

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Work will be completed by the start of the 2017 season.

Read more: Power Ranking League of Ireland Stadiums

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