Construction of Ayr United's new North Stand is set to begin.

The proposals were first unveiled in June 2022 and formally validated by officials at South Ayrshire Council in September.

Work will begin from Monday, June 19 and will take as long as a year to be completed.

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It means that for the entirety for the 2023/24 season, the North Bank terracing section will be out of use.

More than £2million is being invested in the new stand, which is also set to have its own hospitality suite.

An additional 748 seats for supporters are included in the plans, as well as better access for wheelchair users - and, for the first time, a roof over that side of the ground.

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The new plans also include the addition of a new vehicle access point to the stadium on Somerset Road, plus 27 new standard parking bays, two accessible parking spaces and landscaping works.

In a media interview, club chairmain David Smith said: "It's what I do and I can't wait to get in there and get started. This will be a very visual project for the supporters as the year progresses.

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"They will literally get to see the new stand built before their eyes and it will be a tremendously exciting period in the club's history.

"I first envisaged this many years ago - just scribbling drawings on a piece of paper myself - so to finally be at the point we're now starting work is fantastic.

"It will be a landmark moment when that first digger goes in and from then we set about creating something that the whole club and town can be proud of."

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