Notts County FC
Re-building the Main Stand
From the Nottingham Evening Post
Saturday 26th March 1994

On the day Notts beat Leicester City 4-1 at Meadow Lane to go 6th in what would now be called the Championship, the Saturday edition of the Nottingham Evening Post published three artist's impressions of what the new Main Stand was going to look like. Notts had built three new stands two years earlier, the final construction was to be the "jewel in the crown". This is how the NEP reported the story back in March 1994.......

MAGNIFICENT LANE:
that's Notts' new home

The oldest club in the country completes its new look with the building of a new main stand in time for the start of next season. DAVID STAPLETON salutes the final part of Notts County's redevelopment jigsaw.

THEY should call it Magnificent Lane instead of Meadow Lane! Two red-bricked towers - each soaring over 50 feet - and a long glass fronted gallery will be startling features of Notts County's new £3m, 7,000 seater main stand which is to be opened for the start of next season. It will replace the ramshackle 84 year-old wooden stand on which demolition work will start on April 17. The contrast could hardly be greater and it completes an incredible transformation of Meadow Lane in just two years. The artists impressions show how the new stand will look.


The main stand from the pitch.


A rear view, revealing the glass-fronted gallery.


From Meadow Lane, as supporters enter the ground.

Notts chairman Derek Pavis insists: "Our new stand will be something of which the city can be proud. It's the last phase in our ground improvement programme and I've no hesitation in calling it the most exciting period in the club's 132-year history."

In 1992, in line with the Taylor report which ruled that grounds should be all seater by 1994/95, three sides of Meadow Lane were rebuilt at a cost of £3.2m. Now, when the new main stand is complete, giving the ground a 21,000 capacity. Notts expect it to attract prestige fixtures like Under 21 internationals. The two towers at either end of the stand aren't simply feature entrances. There will be staircases inside them providing emergency exits. The expanse of glass at the rear of the stand - across which the name Notts County is depicted - will provide a vantage point for all the hospitality features housed on the top floor. These include a restaurant, a sponsor's lounge, a boardroom, media room and function room. The ground floor will house the club offices, dressing rooms and a gymnasium/fitness room for players, while the first floor consists of 6,000 square feet of office space to let. Mr Pavis made it clear: "Our ultimate challenge is not to make a mark in the First Division but to become one of the best teams in the Premier League."
 
 

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