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Plans in the pipeline to expand stadium

Barrow chairman Steve Neale has announced plans to expand their current stadium to meet the minimum requirements for Super League, according to the North West Mail.

Barrow’s current home, Craven Park, holds just 3,000 spectators which has served the Raiders just right in the third tier.

However, if they are to compete for a place in the higher echelons, then more is needed. And, Neale has announced that plans are in the pipeline to expand.

“We have been looking at the facilities criteria to be accepted into Super League and the absolute minimum is 5,000 capacity, with 2,000 seated,” Neale said.

“With that in mind we have been meeting with some companies that have given us some ideas of installing extra seating in various parts of the ground.

“We would hope that there are grants that we could tap into to help make those ideas become a reality.”

Neale also maintained that those at the lower end of rugby league should be given a chance to show they can compete in any possible restructure.

“We are hoping to have enough funds to put a competitive team together for the Championship and a real tilt at making Super League 2 in 2023 if that happens because of a restructure.

“I am on a working committee which will meet later this week trying to thrash out what both 2022 and 2023 will look like in terms of league sizes and promotion opportunities.

“League One has been a tremendous competition this season and I don’t believe it should be left high and dry with nothing to play for next year.”

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