Durham Women FC will now be based at Maiden Castle, Durham University Sport and Wellbeing Centre for the 2020/21 season.
Situated in picturesque surroundings, the venue is based at the heart of the city of Durham, with superb public transport links and easy access for both pedestrians and drivers.
After significant investment over recent months, the Wildcats new home ground boasts:
- A newly-built, 300-seat, fully covered stand
- Newly-installed, top of the range floodlights
- A vast amount of free car parking on site
- Improved public transport links and pedestrian access
- Enhanced media and press facilities, enabling live-streaming and broadcast of games
- A high-quality artificial pitch and new changing facilities
Further work is scheduled to take place across the coming months, while the first competitive game is on Sunday 13 September, with the visit of Lewes.
Commenting on the exciting move, manager Lee Sanders said:
“There has been a plan to develop the Maiden Castle site at the university for a while and with the new changing facilities in place and the protocols surrounding COVID-19 it was felt by all parties (FA, Club, University) that now was the time to move to ensure maximum risk mitigation for players, officials and fans on match days.
“As we already train out of the state-of-the-art facilities, I know first hand the players are getting the best out there to support them and this is the next step in that support that the university is delivering – the investment has been significant as everyone will see.”
Durham University’s Head of Sport and Physical Activity Mark Brian added:
“We are really excited to be able to welcome Durham Women FC to the Sports and Wellbeing Park.
“It is great that the partnership between the university and the club can become ever closer and hosting the team at our new £32m facility will ensure that we continue the support of players through access to our world class support structures.
“We are hoping that by having the team play out of the Park we will begin to generate a student following as well as continue to generate and build upon the already fantastic local support.”
The club will release details on season tickets and individual match tickets once there is a clearer picture as to when and how supporters will be able to return to sporting events.