The Shay Stadium up for sale?

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Calderdale Council is considering an offer for the Shay Stadium that could see the sports ground moved into private ownership.

The council is currently mulling over the unsolicited offer from “an organisation with a strong interest in sport in Calderdale”.

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However, a council spokesperson told the Courier that the stadium has definitely not been put on the market for general offers.

Coun Tim Swift, Leader of Calderdale Council said: “It’s vital that the stadium continues to thrive and we are exploring every opportunity to make sure that it continues to be secure.

“We are lucky to have two such well supported teams within the town and I know that many people will be interested in any new development linked with its future.

“At this point we are not able to provide any further information as we are reviewing the details of the offer.
“We will be considering very carefully whether this offer represents a good way to secure future investment in the stadium and guarantees its continued use by both professional clubs.”

The ground is currently home to FC Halifax Town and Halifax RL but it seems both clubs are in the dark.

Michael Steele, chairman of Halifax RL, said: “I don’t know anything about an offer but apporporiate private sector management would be in the better interests of the clubs rather than council management in the long term.”

FC Halifax Town director Bobby Ham said: “That’s the first I have heard of it. The council owns the stadium so whatever will be, will be.

“We have no complaint with Calderdale Council and the way they have run the stadium. It’s hard to make any assumptions on the effect on the club until we know who has got the stadium and what their plans are.”

Calderdale Council took ownership of the ground in 2002 following financial difficulties but since then work has been completed on the £5 million East Stand.