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The Candystripes have announced that the Donegal venue will substitute for the to-be-redeveloped Brandywell in 2017

Derry City have responded to the problems posed by the Brandywell's redevelopment by securing Maginn Park as their home base for the initial phase of the 2017 season.

Based in Buncrana, County Donegal, approximately 30 minutes by car from Derry City centre, Maginn Park is the main venue for showpiece Inishowen League fixtures.

In an announcement on the club website, the Candystripes reassured supporters that transport would be made available, while also acknowledging that the smaller venue may mean that supporter demand may not be met for bigger games.

"The only difficulty presented by the Buncrana venue is one of capacity. For the greater number of matches, the club believes that the capacity will meet the demand but they realise that in some matches, capacity will be limited.

"The club is also exploring ways of providing public transport to and from Buncrana for supporters who don’t drive or who prefer to go to matches with groups of friends."

Derry have also announced that they will be exploring other options to facilitate the club's home games for the latter part of the 2017 season, but if unsuccessful, Maginn Park will again take up the slack.

"(The club) are continuing to explore other options for later in the season but, failing any positive outcomes to those explorations, Maginn Park will facilitate the rest of the games."

The club is also said to have considered Institute's Riverside Stadium and Derry GAA's Celtic Park, but the infamous Rule 42 apparently prohibited the latter's selection as an interim venue.

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