Skegness beach stadium could weather ‘heavy storms’, says CEO

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The stadium planned for Skegness beach will be a ‘semi-permanent’ structure, constructible within 36 hours and capable of weathering heavy storms, the team behind it say.

Skegness Beach Stadium Ltd CEO Gary Shepherd explained the 2,040 seater stadium’s construction plan and time frame yesterday at the Grosvenor House Hotel.

England beach soccer team training on Skegness beach.

England beach soccer team training on Skegness beach.

“The initial plan was for April this year but I’m sure you can understand these things don’t happen over night, so really I would realistically like to thinks it’s June, but that’s still subject to planning conditions,” he said.

“It’s a semi-permanent structure, it’s same company that did the Horse Guards Parade at the Olympics.

“I think construction will be in 36 hours and they can take it down quicker.

“It’s built in such a way that if there’s ever a heavy storm, the sea will come underneath so there’s very limited damage.”

The first national beach sports stadium would be home to the England beach soccer team, which is currently training in Skegness in preparation for an international competition in Thailand later this month.

It would be expected to host beach soccer league matches, competitions and international fixtures between April and October as well as other sporting events, entertainment and performances, drawing an anticipated 400,000 visitors a year.

If approved by East Lindsey District Council’s planning department, Mr Shepherd said the stadium would be retained in Skegness for at least five years.