In late October 2015, a friendly at home to Latvia the following month was arranged to help Northern Ireland prepare for Euro 2016.
However, it was the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers that the builders were getting ready for, most notably the home match against San Marino on 8th October 2016, with that being the target completion date for the new version of The Kop, after permission to build it was granted in November 2015, with the costs coming from insurance.
Linfield announced that the stadium would be handed over by O’Hare and McGovern in early January 2016, a bit later than anticipated, with the club aiming to have the new stands operational for domestic games in February 2016.
The new club shop would open in early 2016, but a temporary shop would be opening in the North Stand in late November 2015.
Construction of a roof covering the North Stand concourse would be delayed until the Summer of 2016.
In terms of hospitality, it wouldn’t be until the start of the 2016-2017 season that plans would be able to be made for domestic games.
Linfield also announced that an Information Evening would be taking place in the near future.
The temporary arrangements weren’t to everyone’s liking, as Cliftonville weren’t happy at health and safety arrangements.
Those of a thirsty persuasion who also like Tennent’s were in for a treat, as Tennent’s signed a deal to supply beer and cider at the ground.