After a 21 year wait, Port Vale have set sights on finally completing the building of the Lorne Street Stand. The then new Lorne Street Stand was opened in 1999 and replaced an older structure. However the Club were unable to fully complete the stand due to financial difficulties. This effectively left almost half of the lower tier barren without seats and no spectator concourse. Since then the Club has had a number of new owners and each has talked about finishing the stand, but it has never happened. But at long last, this is about to change thanks to Robbie Williams.
Robbie who is a Port Vale fan is to play a charity concert at Vale Park on June 20th. As part of the deal to host that concert then seats are to be installed in the unfinished area, finally making the stand all seated. Its current capacity of 3,500 will rise to 5,000 and the overall capacity of Vale Park will increase to 20,552.
Although at this time the concourse area will not be installed, it will greatly the overall look of Vale Park as the unfinished seating area has been a bit of an eye-sore to look at. However the Port Vale Supporters Club have started a campaign of fundraising to make this part of the ground fully functional with turnstiles, food and drink outlets, toilets, etc.. Once the necessary funds (around £100,000) have been raised and the works undertaken, the Club intends to make this area of Vale Park a family area.
The Lorne Street Stand At Present
As a matter of interest did you know (according to Wikipedia) that Robbie Williams once recorded a soundtrack for an edition of the legendary FIFA Football Computer Game? As part of the deal, Robbie insisted that Port Vale were included as one of the Clubs playable in the game!