Wrexham Football Club are holding an open day on the same day the Racecourse ground is formally handed ‘back’ to the club.
Wrexham Supporters Trust’s 99 year lease of the Racecourse Ground formally takes effect on Monday 1st August 2016. To celebrate the occasion Wrexham Football Club will be holding their Annual Open Day at the Racecourse Ground.
As we reported earlier in the year a proposal to take up a £100k pa 99 year lease for the ground was being explored by the football club, in effect returning the ground to the club, this proposal was democratically verified by fan-owner vote.
On the 1st of August the gates on the Club car park side of the ground (Crispin Lane) will open at 5.30pm when fans will be able to tour the Racecourse and view the rooms and facilities on both the Yale Stand side of the ground and the Mold Road side of the ground.
The manager Gary Mills and his players will all be in attendance and you can meet them in the rooms around the ground and have autographs and photographs with the players.
Club sponsors Ifor Williams Trailers will also be attendance with their community trailer for fans to try their footballing skills, as will the Racecourse Community Foundation.
Sadly there will be no traditional open day training session at The Racecourse due to the pitch still needing a little more time after the Stereophonics gig – although the club does invite you to see how well the pitch is shaping up!). However, fans are invited along to the new Stansty training ground to watch the team training from 1.30pm.
There will also be a question and answer session with the Manager, and his assistant Darren Caskey, along with some players in the Centenary Club at 7.30pm.
A Club spokesperson said, “It is great news that we have taken on a 99 year-lease for the ground, and we are thankful to Glyndwr University for making the deal possible.
“The Open Day is for fans to get a feeling of all our ground, and this year they can also view all the facilities in the Mold Road Stand as well as having the opportunity to meeting the Manager and his players, as well as Football Club and Trust Board members on their tour around the stadium.
“We hope as many fans as possible turn up to support this event which is free of charge.”
This article from back in March when the lease deal was first announced gives a background to the recent history of the ground issues that now have finally been resolved, and this article from last year explains how a Planning Committee ‘gamble’ by Wrexham Council failed the club. We are also offering a £500 reward for a copy of the outcome of the ‘probe’ into the land deal as reported by the Daily Post in 2011, and for fun you can play spot the difference on shrubbery on this article or right now as the situation remains unchanged several years later.