We can reveal that there has been shock interest in the Iron’s Glanford Park stadium, as the club look set to start building their new 12,000 seater stadium in the next few months.
Our sources understand that rivals Grimsby Town will make an offer for Glanford Park this summer, in the hope they can deconstruct the stadium and rebuild it on Peaks Parkway.
A source close to the Iron told us: “Grimsby’s owners have expressed an interest in purchasing Glanford Park and taking the whole thing to bits. They were delighted when the Iron told them that they still had all the boxes it came in.
“They see it as the cheapest and quickest way they can have a new stadium. The Peaks Parkway development has been in the planning stages for many years and nothing has ever come of it.
“With Scunthorpe building a new stadium, they are being left behind.
“Glanford Park is a bit of a sardine tin, but it’s relatively modern when compared to Blundell Park”.
- Grimsby director John Fenty points to where the stadium will be positioned
It is not yet known how the Mariners will fund the purchase of Glanford Park, but it has been suggested they will launch their next crowdfunding campaign this summer after the success of #OperationPromotion.
Non League Grimsby are hoping to raise the funds to purchase the scene of their famous 2-1 FA Cup win before the Iron move into their purpose built arena at Lincolnshire Lakes, but a source close to the hierarchy at Blundell Park has admitted they have a few concerns after re-familiarising themselves with the Football League rule book.
“One of our main concerns is whether we will have to make it all seater when we get into the Championship”, they told Iron-Bru.
“After three years with current rules, it would need to be all seater and Scunthorpe have already spent three years in the Championship at Glanford Park.
It is thought Grimsby have approached the Football League to discuss their concerns and whether it would be classed as a new stadium should they rebuild Glanford Park on one of six sites identified by the club.
They had a meeting with the Football League board, who were in absolute hysterics. One of the board, a well groomed bloke with pocket square in his suit pocket, was particularly amused.”