Council to vote on motion backing Gateshead FC bid for secure 10 year tenancy

21 May 2024

Gateshead Councillors will be asked to give Gateshead Football Club a secure 10 year tenancy at Gateshead International Stadium.

Liberal Democrat Councillors will move a motion at the Council meeting on Thursday calling for the town’s football club to have a secure 10 year tenancy at the Stadium when the facility’s management is transferred to another operator. A secure tenancy would enable the club to compete for promotion next year. The Council should require any new operator of Gateshead Leisure Centre to guarantee this.

Leader of the Lib Dem opposition, Cllr Ron Beadle, will be moving the motion. He will warn that Gateshead could pay a price for the failure to ensure the required tenancy.

“This issue is not just about our local football team,” said Ron in advance of the meeting.

“It is not just about football generally. Failure to support the club’s ten year tenancy at the Stadium would prevent the town from gaining the economic and reputational benefits of having a football league team. When the team is playing at home, money is brought into the area by supporters of both Gateshead and their visiting rivals. If Gateshead had been able to progress to League Two, the economic benefits would have been all the greater... therefore this issue is much more than just about the football club. It is very much about boosting our local economy and creating jobs.”


Lib Dem Councillors in the chambers
Lib Dem Councillors in Civic Chambers May 2024

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