St Ives Town Football Club can today announce a groundshare agreement with Cambridge City which will see the Lilywhites become tenants to the Ives at their Quattro-Tech Westwood Road stadium for the opening months of next season.
City are no strangers to the Quattro-Tech Westwood Road as they were tenants to the Ives for a three-year period that finished in 2018. They now return, but on a temporary basis whilst their new stadium at Sawston is awaiting completion, which is hoped to be before the end of the year. The move also sees City switch from their current temporary base of Histon Football Club where they have been tenants for the last five seasons.
Commenting on the agreement, St Ives Chairman Paul Reason said “We have a good relationship with Cambridge City and are delighted to assist them whilst they wait for their new stadium to be completed. This is a temporary arrangement, and unlike before, the pitch will not be compromised as we now have an excellent 3G playing surface. However, we will have to adjust the schedule for the reserve team, and I would like to thank their management team for co-operating to make this happen. But we are delighted to offer the hand of friendship to City, and I am confident that this short-term arrangement will be a successful one for both parties”.
City Chairman Kevin Satchell said “Cambridge City are very grateful to St. Ives Town for agreeing to this temporary groundshare. We have a great relationship with the club, and I am sure our fans will be impressed with their wonderful new 3G playing surface and improved facilities”.
Cambridge City currently play in the Northern Premier League Midlands and have been without a home since 2013 when they vacated their historic Milton Road ground. Their new stadium in Sawston has been the subject of protracted delays but when completed will have a 3,000 capacity and become a community hub inclusive of a second 3G pitch.
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