PLANS to improve facilities at Bangor City FC's The Book People Stadium have received a major boost after a £500,000 cash injection.
The investment, which consists of £350,000 from the Football Association of Wales (FAW) and £150,000 from Bangor University, has seen the club reach its funding target to build a 3G artificial training pitch beside the stadium.
In addition, the money will see an extension to the main stand, installation of an education suite, construction of a supporter's terrace and other ground enhancements.
The work, which will see the seating capacity at Nantporth increase by 153, is expected to get underway in February 2014.
City chairman Dilwyn Jones: "This facility will not only benefit Bangor City but will also benefit the City and the wider community.
"We want this facility to be a focal point for football, to develop skills but more importantly to give everyone the chance to play the game on a fantastic surface."
The investment follows a number of age-grade and disability internationals to have been hosted by City over the last 12 months, and this investment will help boost the club's status as one of north Wales' prime international football venues.
FAW President Trefor Lloyd Hughes said: "This is a major investment in the future of football here in Wales. We are delighted that Bangor City, one of our biggest clubs has bought into the scheme.
“We hope that this announcement here today is he first of many and shows the FAW’s commitment to improving facilities throughout the country.”
Richard Bennett, director of sport and leisure at Bangor University, said: "This is another positive step as we continue to cement the relationship between Bangor University and Bangor City FC.
"The new 3G pitch will ease the pressure on our own resources and will be an excellent facility not only for university teams but for the wider sporting community in North West Wales."