Cobblers’ chairman David Cardoza said a new 100-room hotel could be ready by January 2015 as he and other project leaders cut the first sod at the new Sixfields development today.
The £12million plans would see the improvements to the East and West stands of Northampton Town’s football stadium completed by July, he told The Chronicle & Echo this afternoon.
The overall scheme includes plans for a conference centre, a gym, offices and around 300 new houses and shops.
Mr Cardoza said: “It is going to get 75 per cent done by the end of July; the conference centre is going to be a while after and the hotel.”
He added that all the new seats and executive boxes would be ready by July too.
“It’s going to look fantastic,” he said. “It’s going to look brand new.
“The conference centre and hotel should be around six months after that, so January February time.”
The Cobblers are currently fighting relegation from League Two, but the leader of the borough council, Councillor David Mackintosh, said: “The stadium has been designed around the off-pitch activities of the club, and actually this is about increasing activity around the club when the Cobblers aren’t playing.
“I’m glad that over the last few weeks they’ve picked up their performances but actually it doesn’t impact on the deal we have at the stadium.”
Chief operating officer of County Group, Simon Patnick said: “It’s clear that the coming together of these three groups has led to a bright and prosperous future for Sixfields and its local area, not only providing future jobs, wealth and value to the area, but also giving Northampton Town Football Club the ability to be self financing and having the opportunity to generate increased levels of income to help the club move up the football ladder and become a 24/7/365 business.”