Developments

On this Developments page are listed all the proposed new football stadiums and stands, that I am aware of for the Premier & Football League Clubs. The page is divided into; firstly, those developments that are currently being built. Secondly, those that are not far off (i.e. within in a season or two, but plans are pretty well advanced). Thirdly those that are on the radar (a bit further off in terms of time, but may well happen) and lastly those where its anyone's guess if the proposals will actually come to fruition. If you know of any others or can give me updates on those below then please e-mail me: duncan@footballgroundguide.com.

Being Built

Bristol City

Ashton Gate Bristol Development

After completing the building of the new 6,000 capacity South Stand at one end of the ground, the Club have commenced with the next phase of the Ashton Gate redevelopment. This has seen the demolition of the Williams Stand on one side of the stadium. In its place a new Grandstand will be built which with a capacity of 11,000. This will be the largest stand at the ground and will increase the overall capacity of Ashton Gate to around 27,000. It is scheduled to be completed in the Summer (if you can remember what one of those was) of 2016. 12.8.15

Liverpool

Liverpool FC have been given planning permission to expand the capacity of Anfield to 54,000. This will be achieved by the building a new tier on top of the existing Main Stand, the works for which have already begun. The overall capacity of the expanded Main Stand will be 21,000. It is expected to be completed for the start of the 2016/17 season. The Club have also received outline permission to expand at a later date the Anfield Road End, which could further boost the capacity to 58,800. 8.7.15

New Main Stand At Anfield Liverpool

The above image shows how the new Main Stand will look. This and more stadium drawings can be found on the Liverpool FC website.

Northampton Town

Work has again ceased on the building of the new East Stand, on one side of the ground. Work had begun on the stand in 2014 and had previously stopped due to a contractual dispute, but had re-started again. This time the stoppage is because the Club is going through a transfer of ownership. It is believed that the new prospective owners may wish to change the plans for this new stand, which originally would have increased the capacity of Sixfields to just over 8,000, including new hospitaility areas. 1.7.15

The photo below was taken during June 2015.

New Stand At Sixfields Stadium

Watford

The Club have announced that they are to increase the capacity of Vicarage Road this Summer, by installing a further 1,100 seats. 700 of these will be added to the front of the Sir Elton John Stand, filling in the existing gap between the raised part of the stand and the side of the pitch. Another 400 seats are to be put in place in one corner of the stadium in-between the Sir Elton John and Vicarage Road End. These are to be located near to the visiting supporters section below what is currently the away fans disabled viewing platform. In another development outside the stadium a new Club Shop is being constructed, above which will be a new hospitality area which will face onto the pitch above where the 400 additional seats are being installed. Once completed the overall capacity will rise to above 21,000. 20.6.15

West Ham United

Having been confirmed as the new tenants of the London Olympic Stadium in Stratford, East London, work has begun on a £160m re-structure of the stadium, which will see its capacity reduced from 80,000 to 54,000. The roof is to be be extended to cover all of the seating areas and retractable seating brought in to cover the athletics track. The stadium is situated around four miles away from the Boleyn Ground, which will be sold for redevelopment. The Club have signed a 99 year lease and it is now anticipated that the Club will be kicking of in its new home for the beginning of the 2016/17 season.  23.9.14

The Olympic Stadium:

Olympic Stadium London


Windsor Park Belfast

The redevelopment of Windsor Park is well underway with three sides of the existing stadium being demolished and the last remaining stand refurbished. The original plan was for two new stands to be built and the first of these the East Stand at one end, has been almost completed, with work on a new South Stand down one side, also being well underway. The works should be completed in November 2015. During construction the West Stand developed some structural faults and the decision was taken to demolish it. Although a new stand is unlikely to be built in its place for the time being, then in the short term some kind of temporary structure may be put in. This will result in a modern 18,000 capacity stadium. This project puts paid for the time being, the hopes for a new national stadium to be built in Northern Ireland. 12.8.15

AFC Fylde

The Club have commenced with the building of a new stadium, beside the A585 Fleetwood Road, near Wesham. The new football ground, has a planned capacity of 6,000 and is part of a larger £18m development of the area. It was also feature a 2.000 capacity all seated Main Stand. The site is just under four miles from Kellamergh Park and easily accessible from Junction 3 of the M55. The new stadium is due to open in January 2016. An artists impression of how the new stadium will look can be found on the AFC Fylde website.

Not far off...

Scunthorpe United

The Club are now well underway with their plans to move to a new ground with the news that they have been granted planning permission to build a new 12,000 capacity stadium. It had been previously announced that they had signed contracts with the Lucent Group, to build the new stadium on land owned by the Group as part of a wider Lincolnshire Lakes residential development. It is believed that the new stadium will cost in the region of £18m to build. The site of the new stadium is just a couple of miles away from Glanford Park, further along the M181 (towards the M180). It is believed that works will commence on the building of the new stadium in the Summer of 2015, with the new stadium being possibly open for the start of the 2016/17 season.

 

New Scunthorpe United Stadium

Above is an artists impression of how the new ground will look, courtesy of the official Scunthorpe United website and designers the Frank Whittle Partnership. 31.5.15

Boston United

The Club have received planning permission to build a new 5,000 capacity stadium, located South West of the town, just off the A16 near Woodside. Works are expected to start during 2016 and the stadium will take around 18 months to build. Artists impressions of the new stadium and details of the wider regeneration project for the area can be viewed on the Quadrant Project website. 16.6.15.

York City

The Club in conjunction with Greenwich Leisure Limited have submitted plans to build a new 8,000 capacity all seated stadium at Monks Cross, which is located just over four miles away from the centre of York. The stadium will form part of a larger retail, office and leisure development. Although outline planning permission has been granted for the scheme a decision on full planning approval won't be known until the end of March. If successful, construction will begin soon after, with the new stadium ready for the start of 2016/17 season. The 'York Community Stadium' as it has been christened, will be home to both York City Football Club and York Knights Rugby League Club. More information about the scheme and an artists impression of how the stadium will look can be found on the York Community Stadium website. 5.2.15

Manchester City

After the completion of the building of a third tier at the South End of the Stadium, the Club will now look to replicate the same at the opposite end. This will add another 6,250 seats and it is hoped that this will be completed for the start of the 2016/17 season. Once finished the overall capacity will rise to around 61,000 making it the second largest football stadium in the country. Work is expected to commence shortly. 12.8.15

On the radar

Barnet

The Club have received planning permission to increase the capacity of the North Terrace to 1,930, more than doubling its existing size. The terrace will continue to be used for away fans. It is not clear yet when the necessary works will take place, but it is likely to be sooner rather than later. 20.8.15

Brentford

The Club have received planning permission to build a new 20,000 capacity stadium, at Lionel Road (in-between Kew Bridge Railway Station and the M4). The site is just under two miles away from Griffin Park. The scheme will also see the construction of 910 flats and a hotel. The stadium may also be shared with London Welsh Rugby Club. If things go to plan then work could start in 2015 with Brentford kicking off in their new home for the start of the 2016/17 season. 3.7.14

New Brentford Stadium


Shown above is an artists impression of how the new stadium may look. This image is shown courtesy of the Brentford FC website.

Bristol Rovers

The Clubs plans to move to a new stadium have been put back with the news that Sainsbury's currently no longer wish to purchase the Memorial Ground to build a new supermarket. This is crucial to the proposed move as funds generated by the sale of the Memorial Ground, were to be used to fund the building of the new stadium. The new 21,700 capacity stadium was be located close to the Avon Ring Road, by the University of the West England (UWE), on the outskirts of Bristol. The stadium was also to be built in such a way that it could be easily expanded in the future to a larger capacity of 35,000. More information including an artists impression of how the new stadium might look can be found on the UWE Stadium website. The Club are now contesting Sainsbury's decision and this is now rumbling on through the courts. 8.8.15

Bristol Rovers New UWE Stadium

The above image is shown courtesy of the UWE Stadium Consultation website, where more information and artists impressions of how the new stadium might look can be found.

Cambridge United

The owners of the Abbey Stadium, Grosvenor Estate have announced ambitious plans to increase the capacity of the stadium to around 11,000. This would be achieved by building a new 3,500 capacity terrace at the Newmarket Road (South) end of the ground. This would be followed by replacing the current Habbin Terrace with a new 3,000 all seated stand complete with corporate areas. The final phase would see the current Main Stand being refurbished and extended. However the scheme is dependent on Grosvenor Estates being given permission to pursue other developments in the Cambridge area, the profits from which would be used to fund the Abbey Stadium Developments. 16.5.15

An artists impression of how the redeveloped stadium would look (image courtesy of Cambridge United FC)

Abbey Stadium Redevelopment Plans

Celtic

The Club have been given permission to introduce a 'safe standing' area at Celtic Park. Based on the rail seating system used at some Bundesliga stadiums, then an area will be created that will have both seats and stantions running across each row. For domestic games the seats will be locked back out of the way and fans will be able to stand and use the stantions (rails) to lean against if they so wish. For European games where there is a requirement for fans to sit, then the seats can be unlocked for use. It is expected that the new 'safe standing' area will accommodate 2,600 fans and will be put in place for the start of the 2016/17 season. At that point Celtic will become the first major club in the UK to introduce such an area, and if successful many more Clubs will wish to follow suit, as it allows then to relatively easily increase the ground capacity, as the standing areas normally accommodate more fans than if they were all seated. 20.6.15

Everton

The Club have identified a possible location in North Liverpool, on which to build a new 50,000 capacity stadium. This would form part of a wider regeneration project, in conjunction with Liverpool City Council of an area called Walton Hall Park, which is situated around a mile away from Goodison Park. It is anticipated that planning permission will be sought for the scheme in 2015. More details about the project can be found on the Walton Hall Park Project website. 16.9.14

Fulham

The Club have now received planning permission to redevelop the Riverside Stand. The new stand which will incorporate a riverside walkway behind it, will increase the capacity of Craven Cottage to 30,000. However, no firm time scales have been announced yet as to when this will take place. 1.5.14

Leyton Orient

The Club had been making noises about possibly sharing the London Olympic Stadium with another club. However after the announcement that West Ham United have won the bidding process to move into the Olympic Stadium, it is thought that a ground share will not be offered. In some respects that this may not be a bad thing as the prospect of 4-5,000 Orient fans watching their side play in a 54,000 capacity stadium, hardly sets the heart racing, however having a Premier League Club move into the area can only be a draw on Orient's support base. 23.3.13.

Plymouth Argyle

The Club are still intending to redevelop the Grandstand side of the ground and this looked to have moved a big step closer when the local Council backed plans to redevelop part of the area around the stadium including the building of the new stand. However the Club have run into some financial difficulties and until these can be resolved the new stand will remain as an artists impression.

The new stand will have a capacity of 4,800, which will raise the overall capacity of Home Park to 17,611. The scheme will also include a new hotel, cinema, retail space and ice rink. More information and an artists impression of how the new stand may look can be found on the Plymouth Argyle website. 14.9.13

Southend United

After undertaking a public enquiry, full approval had been given in 2013 for the Club to embark on building a new stadium at Fossetts Farm, just behind the club’s training ground in Eastern Avenue. Initially it was planned for the stadium to have only three sides with a capacity of 14,000 seats. A fourth stand would be built at a later stage raising the all seated capacity to 22,000. The scheme plans also feature a hotel, conference facilities, retail opportunities as well as residential accommodation. However, no announcement has been forthcoming as to when building work may commence, leading to speculation that the scheme has run into difficulties. 12.10.14

Stoke City

The Club have announced that they are going to put in a planning application to seek permission to 'fill-in'  the corner between the Seddon and Marstons Pedigree (South) Stands. This part of the ground currently houses a large video screen. It is hoped that around 2,000 seats could be installed in this area, increasing the capacity of the Britannia Stadium to over 30,000. 15.11.12

Swansea City

The Club have put in a formal planning application to extend the capacity of the Liberty Stadium to 34,000. The first phase of the developments would see an additional tier being added to the East Stand, increasing the number of seats by 6,000. This would be followed at a later stage with additional tiers being added to both ends of the stadium. No time scales have been announced as to when these developments would take place. 17.4.14

Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur New Stadium

The Club have announced that they are to build a new 56,250 all seater stadium, on the existing White Hart Lane site. This requires the compulsory purchase of additional land near to the ground and although the Club faced objections from local businesses to this, it is believed that these have now been overcome and the scheme can go ahead. In fact some preparatory works have already begun clearing the area behind the North End of the stadium. It is likely that the full works will commence in 2017, with a view to the the new stadium opening in time for the start of the 2018/19 season. This will mean that the Club will need to groundshare for one season whilst construction takes place. It is believed that the new stadium will cost in the region of £450m. It features a large single tiered home end.

The artists impressions show above is courtesy of the official Tottenham Hotspur FC website where more images can be viewed 16.5.15

Anyone's guess when....

New stadiums

AFC Wimbledon

The Club have announced their intention to bid for the site of the Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium. If successful the Club would redevelop it with a new 11,000 all seated football ground, which could be expanded to 20,000 at a later stage if required. The Greyhound Stadium is located very close to the site of the Wimbledon's former football ground on Plough Lane. It is believed that the Club will face stiff competition from other prospective developers for the land. 8.8.12

New AFC Wimbledon Stadium

Above is an artists impression of how the new stadium might look, courtesy of the official AFC Wimbledon website, were other images can be found.

Carlisle United

The Club have announced that they are looking at the possibility of leaving Brunton Park and moving to a new stadium. Originally it was proposed that this might be built in the Kingmoor Park area, in North Carlisle (near to Junction 44 of the M6), but this seems to have stalled. More recently moves have been made to find an alternative site that is more centrally located. The proposed capacity of the new stadium is around 12,000.  17.3.13

Chelsea

The Club have announced that they are investigating whether the capacity of Stamford Bridge could be increased to 60,000 by largely redeveloping the existing stadium. Some concept designs have been released (incidentally by the same Swiss architects who designed the Birds Nest Olympic Stadium in Beijing). However, additional land would be required around the existing stadium to complete the redevelopment and strong local opposition to such plans is expected. 3.7.15

Colchester United

Alison Wells informs me; 'When the stadium was built the necessary foundations were put in place so that the capacity could be easily increased at a later date. This would include filling in the corners, which would increase the capacity to around 12,500. A second tier could also be added onto the North, South and East stands, raising the total capacity still further to 18,000. There are no time scales as to when this may take place.'

Crystal Palace

Jack Laws informs me; 'The Club have announced that they wish to redevelop Selhurst Park in a modern stadium with a capacity around 35-40,000. It is intended that this will be achieved by replacing one stand at a time, starting with the Main Stand on one side. No timescales have been given as to when this might happen.'

Gillingham

The Club have re-announced their desire to move to a new stadium. Land near to the Club's Beeching's Cross training ground has been suggested by the Club as a possible new stadium site. The scheme which is being referred to as the Medway Village is dependant on obtaining a retail partner to provide finance into the scheme, plus getting the agreement of Medway Council. It is still very much at the feasibility stage. If the Club were to move then Priestfield would be re-developed for housing. 18.6.12

Rotherham United

The stadium has been built in such a way and the necessary foundations have been put in place to further expand the stadium capacity to 20,000. This would be achieved by adding an additional tier to the North, South and East Stands. This may be done in phases; a first to 16,000 and then a second phase to 20,000. 12.5.13

New stands

Aston Villa

The Club have received planning permission to re-develop the North Stand. This would involve building a new stand that would extend around the current open corners at that end of the stadium. There are currently no firm timescales as to when this will take place.

Bournemouth

After looking at the feasibility of constructing a new stadium, the Club are now looking again at expanding Dean Court. The number of seats could be increased to 15,000 by building a larger and more permanent Ted MacDougall Stand at the South end of the ground. In addition the corners of the stadium could also be filled with seating, to further boost the capacity to 18,000. However no timescales have been announced as to when this might take place.

Charlton Athletic

Mike Keeler informs me; 'The Club have now got planning permission from Greenwich Council to increase the capacity of the Valley to 30,900. This will involve adding a second tier to the East Stand as well as the 'filling in' of the South East corner of the stadium'. However formal time scales have yet to be announced as to when this will take place.

George Packman adds; 'The Club intend to increase the capacity of the Valley to over 40,000. Following on from the first phase of the scheme, which would see an additional tier added to the East Stand, the Club then intend to re-develop the Jimmy Seed (South) Stand. This would be replaced with a similar looking structure to the existing North Stand. This would result in the Valley becoming totally enclosed and boosting capacity to 37,000. Lastly a third tier could be added to the new South Stand at a later stage, meaning that the Valley would have a final capacity of 40,600'.

Crewe Alexandra

At some point in the future, the club hopes to replace the Blue Bell BMW Stand (formerly known as the Popular Side) with a new two tiered stand, which will also contain executive boxes.

Derby County

The stadium has been built in such a way that an additional tier could be added to three sides of the stadium, namely the North, East and South Stands. This would increase the capacity of Pride Park to around 44,000. However, this is unlikely to happen unless the Club become established in the Premier League.

Exeter City

The Club have embarked on a public consultation on their proposals to re-develop the old Grandstand and the building of new student accomodation behind the existing Big Bank Terrace. The income from the student accommodation would fund the building of a 2,800 capacity stand, including club offices, corporate facilities and team changing rooms. There is also a possibility if budgets allow, to also make improvements to the St James' Road Terrace. 12.8.15

Hull City

Craig Harper informs me; 'The Club have plans to add an additional tier to both the East & South Stands, which will increase the capacity of the KC Stadium to around 34,000'. However, no firm timescales have been announced as to when this may take place.

Ipswich Town

The Club would at some point like to re-develop the Cobbold Stand and boost the capacity of the ground to 40,000. However this is unlikely to happen unless the Club established itself once again as a Premier League Club.

Leicester City

The stadium has been built in such a way, that if required, an additional tier could be built onto the East Stand. This would increase the capacity to 42,000.

Newcastle United

The Club have announced plans to re-develop the Gallowgate End of the stadium. The plans which also include the construction of a new conference centre, hotel and residential apartments, would see the overall capacity of the ground increase to around 60,000. The plans are subject to local authority approval and as of yet no formal timescales as to when this might take place have been announced.

Norwich City

Craig Johnson informs me; 'The Club have announced that at some point they would look at possibly replacing the Geoffrey Watling City Stand, with a new 12,000 seatstand, raising the overall capacity of Carrow Road to 35,000.  There is also still the option to add an additional tier to the Jarrold (South) Stand (the foundations are already in place) which would further raise the capacity of the ground to around 39,000.'

Oxford United

Foundations have been put in place for the future construction of a fourth stand, at the West End of the stadium. However it is unlikely that this will be built for at least a couple of years.

Queens Park Rangers

The Club have announced that they are planning to build a new 40,000 seater stadium at Old Oak in North West London. However the Club have yet to purchase the required land from its present owners, who it is believed are not willing to sell. So we'll have to wait and see as to whether this proposed scheme actually progresses. 27.9.14

Reading

The Club have received planning permission to increase the capacity of the stadium to 38,000. This would involve further extending three sides of the stadium (the West Stand would remain as it is) and replacing the roof and would take around three years to complete. This would be achieved by first by increasing the size of the East Stand, adding around 7,000 additional seats. The following year the North Stand would be extended adding another 3,500 seats and a year later a similar construction would happen at the South end of the stadium. However, it is unclear when work will commence and it would probably be dependant on the Club gaining promotion to the Premier League.

Sheffield United

The Club have announced their intention to further develop the Kop End of the ground. It has been proposed that the stand be extended backwards, adding around another 3,000 seats to the overall capacity of Bramall Lane. The stand would be cantilevered (so no supporting pillars) with a video screen built into the front of the roof (reminiscent of White Hart Lane). The development would also see some executive boxes added to the back of the Evolution corner, whilst in the corner between the Kop and the South Stand, a business centre would be built. No firm timescales have been announced as to when work might start. An artists impression of how the stand might look can be found on the Sheffield United website.

Sheffield Wednesday

The Club had previously announced plans to increase the capacity at Hillsborough to almost 45,000. This was primarily through the proposed expansion of the Leppings Lane End, including the building of an additional tier and the 'filling in' of the corner between this and the South Stand. This was in the hope that England would win the bid to stage the 2018 World Cup (Hillsborough was listed as one of the potential venues). However the failure of this bid, means that plans have been shelved for the time being. They may be 'dusted off' if the Club gain promotion to the Premier League. 29.1.12

Shrewsbury Town

The stadium has been built in such a way that the corners of the stadium can later be filled with seating, which would raise capacity to around 12,500. However the Club have not announced as to when this will take place.

Stevenage

The Club have plans to replace the existing terrace at the North end of the ground, with a larger affair, housing some 3,000 supporters. However, no firm time scales have been announced as to when this might take place.

Sunderland

Kevin Davis informs me; 'The club have secured planning permission to add another 7,200 to the Metro FM (South) Stand, which would take the capacity to 55,000. The club have not yet confirmed when (if ever) they will go ahead with this. If the club then proceed after this to add another tier to the McEwans Stand the the final capacity would be around 64,000'.

West Bromwich Albion

The Club are believed to be drawing up plans to expand the capacity of the Hawthorns to over 30,000 by either redeveloping or adding an additional tier to the Halfords Lane Stand.

Walsall

The Club have announced that they have been granted planning permission to redevelop the Sign Specialists (William Sharp) end of the ground. The new stand would look similar to the Tile Choice Stand and add 2,300 seats to the stadium, raising the overall capacity to 13,500. It would also mean that up to 4,000 away supporters could be accommodated at that end. The back of the stand will also feature a giant advertising hoarding, clearly visible from the M6. However there are no firm time scales as to when this might actually happen.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

The Club have also received planning permission to re-develop the Steve Bull (East) stand, which will further increase capacity to around 36,000. The demolition and re-building of this stand was planned to commence at the end of the 2011/2012, but the Club have now put this on hold. The Club have further announced that if demand requires it and the necessary finances are in place, then as a phase three part of the project an additional tier can be added to the Jack Harris (South) Stand, raising the capacity to 38,000. Any further expansion would involve the re-building of the Billy Wright Stand and could possibly see the final capacity being in the region of 50,000.

Yeovil Town

The Club are investigating the possibility of building a new 3,500 capacity seated stand at the Copse Road End of the stadium. It is believed that this would be dependant on selling some land adjacent to Huish Park for retail development.

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