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Northampton Town have been dealt a mighty blow with news coming out
from Northampton Borough Council regarding a structural deficiency with
the foundations and structures of Sixfields Stadium.
At this moment in time the extent of these failures are not known, but engineers have been working overnight to try and establish the overall damage.
Sixfields Stadium was built on an old landfill site and completed in October 1994. At the time consultants working on the design expressed concerns to the Council about the long term stability after years and years of methane gas infiltrating through the ground from the refuse that had been dumped in there over many years as a council refuse disposal site. This was disputed at the time by the council claiming that the refuse had been transferred to an orbital refuse site elsewhere in Northamptonshire, and that it did not believe that the pressure from the gas could have enabled it to create voids deep in to the remaining ground and construction was ordered. Now it seems this may turn out to be a very expensive decision and could also put the construction of a nearby hotel in jeopardy.
A spokesman for Northampton Town said they had been made aware of this problem and had moved quickly to resolve this as best they could. They went on to say that they had contacted MK Dons with regards to a possible ground share until the end of the season, with one game possibly having to be played at Rushden and Diamonds due to fixture congestion with the Dons, and the FA not willing to make changes to the fixtures this late in the season. At this stage no decision has been taken with regards to season ticket holders or advanced ticket sales.
The Cobblers certainly could of done without this as the season reaches it’s climax, and manager Stuart Gray refusing to admit that a play off place is out of reach.
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