FC United complete

FC United stadium complete

The 4,000-capacity ground for the non-league football club at Broadhurst Park in Moston will open its doors to fans on Friday 29 May with a showpiece match against Portuguese team Benfica.

The £6.3m development at the Ronal Johnson Playing Fields was designed by Cheshire-based architect IBI Group, built by Barnes Construction and project managed by the Frank Whittle Partnership.

The traditional-style ground, designed by Cheshire-based architect IBI Group, includes a 2,500-capacity terrace behind one of the goals, which was created using a stand transported from Northwich Victoria’s former ground.

Two grass pitches and an artificial pitch for community use make up the complex, which will also be home to the Moston Juniors club.

Final touches are being made to Broadhurst Park and there will be a series of test events before the Benfica game.

Around half of the cost of the development was funded by the club’s 4,000-plus membership with the rest coming from grants and council loans.

Daniel Thompson, associate at FWP, said: “Broadhurst Park is looking fantastic and will be a great home for FC United, as well as providing sporting facilities for the local community.

“It has been a real team effort to get to this stage and we’re all looking forward to seeing the team and Benfica step out onto the pitch for what promises to be a great occasion for everyone involved in turning the vision into reality.

“The new ground is a real community asset for Moston and will enable FC United to continue its development as a community football club and continue its success on and off the field.”

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