After a year playing at Maginn Park in Donegal, Derry City are ready to head home to the Brandywell.
Kenny Shiels’ team will return to the venue for the first time in a year when they host Dundalk on Friday March 2 and it will have a decidedly different feel to it after extensive redevelopment work was carried out.
A brand new covered stand has been erected on the Lone Moor Road side of the stadium, where the old Glentoran Stand and the famous ‘Jungle’ were located. The new structure will have a seated capacity of 955 and an additional 270 standing, bringing the overall capacity of the venue to 3,700.
It won’t just feel new for the fans either; the players will have a fresh synthetic surface to play on, something that, if other examples in the league are any indication, is sure to divide opinion.
To whet appetites ahead of their long-awaited homecoming, the Candystripes have released a brilliant promo video, showing the new look in all its splendour, recreating the journey travelled by players and supporters alike.
The film, which was produced by Dunnofilms and features the mellifluous vocals of local artist ROE, opens by panning over the city and is punctuated by scenes of memorable moments and heroes – including James McClean – from the club’s history.
You can watch the excellent film below.