Falkirk car park closed for Tom Jones concert - now that is unusual!

Refurbishing part of the car park will deny Sir Tom Jones fans the chance to use 300 spaces
Refurbishing part of the car park will deny Sir Tom Jones fans the chance to use 300 spaces

Fans have been warned to expect parking chaos when Welsh singing legend Sir Tom Jones headlines this summer’s Rock the Stadium show.

A £600,000 refurbishment of the car park outside the venue means 300 spaces will not be available when the crowds start to arrive for the tea-time show on August 1.

The work being paid for by Falkirk Council as part of a programme to boost the local economy by improving facilities means that instead of leaving their car at the front of the stadium and taking a leisurely stroll to their seat, fans driving to the gig face the prospect of having to find a space in a temporary car park half a mile away then a walk to the ground to see the star.

Thousands are expected to flock to Falkirk Stadium to see Sir Tom perform at the only Scottish date of his 2015 tour of Europe and the USA.

Although the concert date was confirmed months before the council announced its plans, it is understood a decision was taken not to put the repairs on hold until after the event because they would then interfere with the new football season.

Instead, Falkirk Community Trust has arranged alternative parking in the grounds of the former Falkirk College at Middlefield, which will now be used by visitors to the nearby Helix Park and open to concert goers on the big day.

Work on the refurbishment started - a month late - last Monday and expected to take 12 weeks to complete.

A council spokesman said: “It’s not unusual for the fans to be concerned, but the temporary replacement at the college is a solid tarmac alternative and there is no green green grass of home.”