Since then, the Board of Carrick Rangers Football Club,
along with several Academy coaches and volunteers, have been active throughout
the local community, delivering food parcels to those in need. Along with
several of our First Team squad and Academy players taking part in the
#BashYourBoots initiative to show our support and thanks to the NHS and key
workers who have worked tirelessly over the past months.
The extended break in local football has also provided
an opportunity to carry out some maintenance and improvement work to the
Loughshore Hotel Arena, and thanks to support from SportNI and Mid and East
Antrim Council, there are several new features at our home ground that can be
used and enjoyed when fans are next allowed to gather together.
A new Public Address System has been installed with over 25 speakers fitted
around the Ground to ensure both safety and entertainment during each
Both the main seated stand and covered terracing have been fitted with a completely
new system which also includes new emergency lighting. In addition, new
lighting has been installed in other areas of the ground.
All areas of the ground have been resurfaced thus significantly improving
the safety for all spectators.
Ladies and Disabled
A new toilet block has been installed adjacent to the changing rooms
increasing the capacity of ladies and disabled toilets. Installing this new toilet block will enable
the Away Team changing room to be enlarged.
As a result of the new Boardroom and Control Room added in August 2019, we
were able to extend and refurbish the press box at the top of the main seated
stand. This will provide more space for
The playing surface has undergone additional works which will further
enhance the quality of the playing surface.
A new Club Shop has been installed adjacent to The Dugout: this will be
open to serve hot drinks and snacks on Match Days, as well as stocking replica
playing shirts and other Club Merchandise.
The Club have installed additional Storage facilities which will free up
space elsewhere to enable additional facilities to help with player
New Media and
With an elevated location, the new Media and Guest Centre provides a
fantastic view of the match. Further plans include for a new camera tower to be
constructed on top of this new room.
The main stand and all walls in the ground have been given a fresh coat of
amber, white and black paint, and yellow safety markings have been painted and
re-painted throughout the Ground. Further works planned for the Summer includes
the painting of the Stand behind the goals.
Vice-Chairman, John Hood commented:
and improvements to the Ground are part of our ongoing journey both on and off
the pitch. I would like to thank SportNI
and Mid & East Antrim Council for their vital support and help that has
made this work possible.
I would also
like to thank our ‘Amber Army’ of volunteers who regularly give of their time
and talents to help make sure the Ground looks as well as it can. We will continue to work to ensure that our
facilities, both in the main Ground and at our 3G pitch are the best that we
can make them, and that they reflect the pride we have in Carrick Rangers FC.”