Officials at Carlisle United have confirmed that the club will be able to use their Brunton Park ground again from next weekend’s home fixture with York City.
The Cumbrians’ home ground was severely damaged by flood water on the evening of Saturday 5 December after the River Eden broke it’s banks flooding Brunton Park and the surrounding areas forcing many local residents from their homes.
Carlisle United’s ground has been out of use for the past 6 weeks whilst damage to many parts of the ground has been repaired. The flood water damaged several areas of the ground including the pitch, offices, hospitality areas and general supporters facilities on the concourses. The club have had to re-lay the pitch within the last 10 days and whilst sufficient facilities have been repaired to enable The Cumbrians to host matches once again it will be some time before the stadium is in complete use.
Carlisle United host York City next Saturday in their first home match at Brunton Park since late November and a bumper crowd of over 6000 is expected to attend the match. As a gesture of goodwill to all supporters the club have reduced admission prices for the fixture to compensate for reduced facilities available to supporters.
In recent weeks, The Cumbrians have staged ‘home’ fixtures away from Brunton Park at Preston North End’s Deepdale, Blackburn Rovers’ Ewood Park and Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road.
Carlisle United supporters gave interviews to various media sources before the 2-2 draw with Yeovil Town at Bloomfield Road last week praying that a return home would soon be on the cards and those fans have now been granted their wish.