New home wins coveted accolade

Scarborough Athletic are flying the flag again for the EVO-STIK League in the football media after winning another coveted accolade.

After kicking off the season with a special feature in FC Business on ending their ten years in exile to move into the Flamingo Land Stadium, Boro's new home is gracing the pages of the March edition of Groundtastic as the winners of the magazine's 'Best New Non-League Stand Award' for 2017-18.

Previously collected by Northern Premier League clubs Whitby Town in 2006 and Matlock Town in 2011, the football grounds magazine's co-editor Vince Taylor is set to present the accolade to Boro before Steve Kittrick's promotion-chasers kick off at home against Brighouse Town in EVO-STIK League North on Saturday 14 April.

Taylor said: "The award was inaugurated in 2005 and it seeks to reward clubs that display imagination and innovation when it comes to building new spectator accommodation. What we particularly like about the main stand at the Flamingo Land Stadium is that it well elevated and has been built with an obstruction free roof. Many new grandstands are built low to the pitch, thus creating poor sightlines, but the views from the Scarborough stand are universally good."

Scarborough's main stand seats 250 and the Seadogs are delighted that it is now winning awards as well as helping the club to attract record-breaking crowds since opening last season following their return from Bridlington.

Scarborough Athletic communications officer Will Baines said: "It's fantastic recognition for all the partners involved in delivering the Scarborough Sports Village that the main stand at the Flamingo Land Stadium has been awarded the Best New Non-League Stand award by Groundtastic Football Grounds Magazine."

He added: "The elevated view from the main stand has proved popular with spectators and officials alike, with Boro manager Steve Kittrick often taking the opportunity to sit up in the stand during games before heading down to the dugout."

As well as the Seadogs and ground news from the Football League, Non-League, Wales, Scotland and around the world, the latest issue of the specialist magazine celebrates the 125 year history of Swindon Town's County Ground on the cover, pictured, and contains a special feature on lost grounds and stands and those currently under threat.

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