First look at Cornwall 'stadium' as it nears completion for Truro City FC season

The dream of a Stadium for Cornwall may be dead and buried but a new 'stadium' has risen from the ground at the same site and is soon to be completed. A lack of funding and private investment partner put an end to the plans for a 10,000-seat venue for the Cornish Pirates and Truro City Football Club near Truro last year.

However Truro City decided to go it alone, largely using funds provided as part of the deal to sell off its Treyew Road ground to create what is now a Lidl supermarket. It has used the proposed Stadium for Cornwall site at Langarth, next to the Truro Park and Ride, to construct a shiny new ground.

And although a completion date cannot yet be ascertained, it is expected to be the home of the White Tigers for the start of the 2024/25 season in August.

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After promotion to National League South the club endured a hectic season, with City enduring three different ‘home’ venues. They started by sharing facilities with Plymouth Parkway before that agreement ended in February. Home matches were then moved to the home of Taunton Tow, but the wet winter weather saw the side fail to play a home game in Somerset and for the final two months of the season, moved matches to Gloucester City.

Despite the near 400-mile round trip, not withstanding playing eight home matches in 14 days, the side ensured survival at Step Two of the National League System, for 2024-25.

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In the meantime it also applied for planning permission for a 3,000-capacity ground - with potential to increase to 4,000 - last year as part of a Truro Sports Hub with seating, parking spaces, a three-metre wide footpath from the A390 through the neighbouring Langarth park and ride facility, and potential for a community building and clubhouse with changing facilities. Planning permission was secured in February. Read the full story and full details of the planned facilities here.

Now it's down to the final works and finishing touches, with stands, floodlighting and other significant elements already in place, with an initial capacity of 300 seats - in the club's traditional red and black. You can get a sneak peak in a video shared with CornwallLive by TCFC which you can watch at the top of this article.

The seated ‘North Stand’ structure has been completed with all seats, clad in the club’s traditional colours of red and black, have been installed. Standing facilities behind the eastern goal (covered) are now in place, along with perimeter fences for the playing area, hard standing all around the pitch and men's, ladies' and disabled toilets sited.

The floodlights are now installed on four corners of the pitch and are fully operational, having passed all required tests.

Proud and "so excited" club chairman Eric Perez provided a full update, writing on its website: "I want to start out by wishing Paul Wotton all the best at Torquay United and I think he will do a great job there. The feat that we achieved of staying up, with so many matches in a row without respite last season, with the congested fixture schedule, put the club on everyone’s radar and Paul’s too.

"It was of no surprise that someone came in for him so soon after the season ended, but we roll with the punches. He did a great job for us and it is only well wishes for him, but the show for Truro City must go on.

"We are in a serious hunt for a new manager and there has been a lot of interest and a lot of really exciting interest. Hopefully, we can give a further update with some great news soon.

"At the new ground, which I visited in person last week, the seats are shiny and the grass is green – it is so exciting to see it come up. I went to the ground in March and there was a lot of dirt, but now it looks like a ground.

"I couldn’t be any more pumped up about it as it will be a lovely spot to watch football and it is what Cornwall deserves. Phase two of the ground is almost complete with beautiful seated and standing stands. It will be the best pitch in Cornwall by a country mile and one of the best outside of the Football League.

"The new venue will be fan-geared because we want the fans to have a great time. The food will be great, drinks and whatever you want. If you are going to come to Truro City to spend your money, we want to provide you with a great day out.

"It is our responsibility to provide that and we will provide that. Football's coming home and it will be home because Truro City had a nomadic existence before we took over.

"Finally, we want to build a strong foundation in the community and to create a clear pathway from under-7s to the first team. We want Truro City to become an all encompassing club and not just a team."