Earlier this month it was reported that County had applied to the SPL for permission to ground share with Caley Thistle if they gained promotion.
Their application was put in place so that the club could meet SPL criteria to play in Scotland’s top league, with Victoria Park currently needing upgrading to meet that said criteria before the start of season 2012-13, despite confidence at the Dingwall club that they could meet the requirements before the start of the season.
SPL rules state that all stadiums must be ready for top flight action by the 31st March, therefore County’s back-up plan has allowed them to gain entry on the conclusion of them gaining promotion.
In a statement published via the official SPL website, it read: “The SPL Board today approved Ross County FC’s application to ground share with Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC for season 2012/13, should the club be promoted to the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.”
County chairman Roy McGregor told BBC Scotland earlier this month: “The agreement with Caley Thistle to rent their ground is a safety net.”
Work will reportedly start on Victoria Park on April 1st and is scheduled to be completed by 20 June, ahead of the start of the next season.
McGregor added: “We hope the SPL will see what we are trying to do. No-one at Dingwall is taking anything for granted, but plans do have to be in place. The work should be finished long before the end of June, but if the worst came to the worst we would like dispensation to do what Caley Thistle themselves once did, playing half the season at their own ground and half ground sharing, in their case at Pittodrie. It seems to me a sensible solution with a back-up plan. We hope the SPL see it the same way.”
Ross County currently lead the First Division by 14 points with a game in hand, over second placed Dundee. The Highland side can secure the First Division title on Saturday at home against Raith Rovers.