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 Rotherham United New Stadium

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

The Club have commenced with the construction of a new stand at the Wedlock (East) End of the stadium. It is hoped that the new stand will be open for the start of the 2015/16 season.  This is the first stage in modernising the stadium and increasing the capacity to 27,000 as Adam Chard explains; 'Following the redevelopment of the Wedlock Stand, the next stage of the redevelopment will be a refurbishment of the existing Dolman Stand. This will include adding a new concourse area beneath the stand and new entrances/exits. Once completed, this will then be followed by the demolition of the Williams Stand to be replaced with a new main Grandstand, which will be completed in mid-2016. The Atyeo Stand will also be refurbished internally to complete the 27,000 redevelopment'.

'As it was announced earlier in 2014 rail seating (which can be used for standing or seated spectators) is also planned for selected areas of the stadium, to allow standing at rugby matches and football (if legislation is ever changed)'. 24.7.14


Redeveloped







                                                          Ashton Gate

Oldham Athletic

At long last the Club have commenced with the building of a new 2,340 capacity stand on the unused side of the ground. The £5m project will also include corporate facilities, office accommodation, retail space, a gym and conference facilities. It was hoped that the stand will be open before the end of 2014.  The photo below was taken in July. 24.3.14

Boundary Park New Stand

Watford

The Club have now demolished the two old stands on the East side of the stadium, and have started on the construction of a new structure. This new stand will have a capacity of 3,100 seats, will be single tiered and have a roof. GL Events who have been appointed to construct the stand, were involved in the building of the new Main Stand at the Hive Barnet and the current temporary East Stand at Bloomfield Road Blackpool. You can keep up with the building progress, by taking a look at a time lapse web cam that has been set up by the Club. It is hoped that the new stand will be opened at some point during this season. 12.8.14

Peterborough United

With financial support from the local council (who own the football ground) the Club have commenced with the building of a new stand to replace the Moy's End Terrace. The new all seated will have a capacity of 2,500. The new stand is scheduled to open in October 2014. 1.7.14

Northampton Town

Work has commenced on the building of a new East Stand, which should increase the capacity of Sixfields by around 2,000. At the same time work will be undertaken to install executive boxes into the West Stand. A Hotel and Conference Centre will also be built adjacent to the stadium. The capacity of Sixfields will increase by around 2,000. It is hoped the new stand will be open for the start of the new 2014/15 season. 31.5.14

Windsor Park Belfast

Windsor Park is at last seeing some much needed investment with the start of a £35m project to transform the stadium. This will involve the building of two new stands on the South side and and at the East End. The new South stand will extend around the South East and South West corners, enclosing Windsor Park in those areas. The existing North and Kop Stands are also to be renovated. 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. 20.8.14

The artists impressions of how Windsor Park will look, after the works have been completed, plus others can be found on the Irish Football Association website.

Windsor Park Belfast

Not far off...

Liverpool

The Club have announced that they are to apply for planning permission to expand the capacity of Anfield to 58,800. This will be mostly be achieved by re-developing the Main Stand with a new three tiered affair housing almost 21,000 fans. 4,800 additional seats are also to be added to the Anfield Road Stand. The Anfield expansion is linked to a wider £120m regeneration of the local area. If planning permission is granted quickly then work on the new Main Stand could start in early 2015, with it being opened for the start of the 2016/17 season. 23.4.13

New Main Stand

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

Manchester City

The Club have received planning permission to expand the capacity of the Etihad Stadium to 62,170. This will be primarily achieved by adding an additional tier to the North and South Stands at each end of the ground. Each additional tier will house 6,250 fans. An additional 2,000 seats will also be added to the sides of the stadium. The building of the extra tier to the South End of the stadium, will commence before the start of the 2014/15 season and it is hoped that this will be completed for the start of the 2015/16 season, raising the capacity to around 54,000. Once this is completed works will commence at the North End. The construction project is being undertaken by Laing O'Rourke with the design by Populous Architects. An excellent video showing step by step how the South End will be expanded can be watched on YouTube. 4.7.14

Plymouth Argyle

After a number of false starts the redevelopment of the Grandstand at the ground now looks like it will finally happen. The local Council have backed plans to redevelop part of the area around the ground and this will include the building of a new stand. Planning permission has been granted for the scheme and works could begin after the end of this current season. 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

Scunthorpe United

The Club have moved a big step closer to making their proposed new stadium a reality. This comes from the announcement that they have 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. The new stadium has a proposed capacity of 12,000 and 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). An application for planning permission will shortly be sought. If things go to plan, then Scunthorpe could be playing at their new home sometime during the 2015/16 season.

New Scunthorpe 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. 31.7.14


On the radar

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

Brentford FC new 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 Club are progressing with their plans to move to a new stadium, which will be located close to the Avon Ring Road, by the University of the West England (UWE). The 21,700 capacity stadium on the outskirts of Bristol, may also be home to Bristol Rugby Club. The scheme is to be partly funded by the sale of the Memorial Ground to the Sainsbury's supermarket chain. Planning permission for both the new stadium and Sainsbury's has been granted by the local council. It is hoped that works can commence on building the new stadium this Summer with it being open for the start of the 2016/17 season. The stadium will be built in such a way that it can be easily expanded in the future to a larger capacity of 35,000.  6.6.14

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.

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. No firm time scales have been announced yet as to when this will take place. Further information about the stand and artists impressions of how it might look, can be found on the Craven Cottage Redevelopment website. 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.

Port Vale

Adrian Gaffney informs me; 'With new owners in place the Club now hope to finally complete the Lorne Street Stand.' 27.11.12

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. The stadium will be part of a major regeneration of the area and it is hoped that the Club will be kicking off the start of the 2018/19 season in their new home. 27.4.14

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. 2.5.13

Southend United

After undertaking a public enquiry, full approval had been given for the Club to embark on building a new stadium at Fossetts Farm, just behind the club’s training ground in Eastern Avenue. Initially the stadium will only have three sides with a capacity of 14,000 seats. A fourth stand will be built at a later stage raising the all seated capacity to 22,000. The scheme will also feature a hotel, conference facilities, retail opportunities as well as residential accommodation. It is hoped that an announcement will be made soon as to when building work will commence. 12.9.13

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 32,000. The first phase of the developments would see an additional tier being added to the East Stand, increasing the number of seats by 3,844. 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, but if Swansea maintain their Premier League status next season, then it is highly probable that work on the East Stand would probably start in 2014. 17.4.13

Tottenham Hotspur

The Club have now moved a big step closer to building a new stadium, with the news that the Government has approved the compulsory purchase of land adjacent to White Hart Lane, that would be required to build the new 58,000 seater stadium. The land is required as the foot print of the existing White Hart Lane ground is not large enough to accommodate the bigger stadium. Works could commence in 2016, with the new stadium opening in time for the start of the 2017/18 season. The new stadium will overlap the North End of the current White Hart Lane ground and it is proposed that the Club play for one season whilst works take place at that end and then ground share for the 2016/17 season whilst the build is completed. It is believed that the new stadium will cost in the region of £450m. It features a large single tiered home end.

Tottenham Hotspur new stadium

The artists impressions is courtesy of the official Tottenham Hotspur FC website where more images can be viewed 17.7.14

West Ham United

After a long drawn out process West Ham have finally been confirmed as the new tenants of the London Olympic Stadium in Stratford, East London. Work will begin on a £160m re-structure of the stadium, which will see its capacity reduced from 80,000 to 54,000. The roof will 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.  23.3.13

The Olympic Stadium

The Olympic Stadium In London. The new
        home for West Ham United FC

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 12,000 all seated football ground, which could be expanded to 22,000 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.

Birmingham City

The Club are still weighing up the options as to the possibility of a moving to new stadium or whether to further re-develop St Andrews. If the latter option was chosen then this would involve the re-building of the Main Stand. This would increase the overall capacity of St Andrews to around 36,500
at a cost of around £12m. However any developments are likely to be dependent on the Club returning to the Premier League.

Bournemouth

It is believed that the Club are exploring the possibility of moving to a new stadium. The Club do not own Dean Court. so moving to a new stadium would give the Club more freedom and security. It is thought that if this were to happen then it could be a site further out of Bournemouth towards Bournemouth Airport. 13.4.14

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 recently lost out on their bid to takeover the site of the Batteresa Power Station and build upon it a new 60,000 capacity stadium. It remains to be seen now whether the Club continue look for an alternative site for a new stadium or whether they try to further expand the capacity of Stamford Bridge. 7.6.12

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.'

Coventry City

The Club have announced that they are close to securing a site for a new stadium to be built near Coventry. Although they have not announced where it will be, it is believed to be the former site of Hawkesbury Golf Course near Bayton Road in Exhall, which falls under the area of Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council. This site is close to Junction 3 of the M6 and ironically is only a five minute drive away from the Ricoh Arena. However, whether this will ever materialise remains to be seen. 20.01.14

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.'

Everton

The Club were hoping to move to a new 55,000 all seated stadium at Kirkby. However, planning permission for this has been refused, following a public enquiry. It remains to be seen whether the Club will appeal against the decision. However, some fans will be pleased with the news, as some had objected to the proposed move as the stadium would be located outside Liverpool. Kirkby lies beyond the city boundary.

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

Macclesfield Town

Plans for the Club to move to a new stadium have moved a step closer with the announcement from Cheshire East Council, that they in principle have given the 'green light; to the regeneration of Macclesfield town centre. These plans include the provision of a new 7,000 capacity stadium, situated south of the town centre, just a mile away from Moss Rose. Whether these plans can be turned into reality remains to be seen and will ultimately depend on whether the necessary financial backing can be found. 20.1.11

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

Wycombe Wanderers

Having had a plan to build new 15.000 capacity stadium, on the current Sports Centre site (next to Junction 4 of the M40), turned down by the local authorities. Then the Club are considering their next move. 10.8.11

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.

Burnley

The club have announced a £20m re-development of Turf Moor. This will involve replacing the David Fishwick Stand
with a new 2,500 capacity single tiered stand, that will incorporate some corporate hospitality boxes and will cost in the region of £10m. At the back of this will be built a a new Cricket Pavilion for the neighbouring Cricket Club. A new three tiered glass fronted hospitality block also incorporating new changing rooms for the teams is to be built between the Jimmy McIlroy Stand and James Hargreaves Stands. The second phase of the works will include the re-furbishment of the Bob Lord Stand. Other elements to the scheme involve the building of a hotel, multi-screen cinema and new supporters bar. Away fans will be housed in the lower tier of the Jimmy McIlroy Stand whilst the works take place. The capacity will be around the 22,000 mark. However, due to the current economic climate, the re-development has been put on hold for the time being. Thanks to Kieron Duxbury for providing this information.

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. 

Exeter City

The Club have embarked on a public consultation on their proposals to re-develop the old Grandstand and away terrace. The two new stands (both all seater) would result in an increase in capacity of St James Park to 10,500, with the Grandstand having a capacity of 2,800 and the stand for away fans of 1,690. The new Grandstand would also contain new club offices, corporate facilities and team changing rooms. The scheme would also see the construction of nearby student accommodation and some additional retail units. These would off set the estimated £7m cost of the developments. An artists impression of the proposed re-developed St James Park can be viewed on the 'This Is Devon' website. 11.8.11

Hereford United

The Club have announced plans to build a new covered terrace at the Blackfriars End of the ground. With the existing terrace having to be closed for safety reasons, this has prompted the club to seek a replacement. The Club are seeking the permission of the ground landlords and local council to proceed, as well as hoping to partly fund the development with a grant from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund. The new terrace has a planned capacity of 2,000.

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.

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 if they were to stay in the Premier League for the next two consecutive seasons, then 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.' 5.8.11

Nottingham Forest

With the failure of the England World Cup bid, plans for a new stadium have been shelved for the time being. The Club may now concentrate instead on re-developing the older Main Stand side of the ground, however nothing is likely to happen on this front, until Forest are successful in gaining promotion back to the Premier League.

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.


Scunthorpe United

The Club have submitted a planning application to build a new stand at the Study United end of the ground. The proposed stand will be three tiered and will raise the overall capacity of Glanford Park to 11,000. The scheme will also see the provision of conference and leisure facilities.
H
owever, this scheme is currently on hold as the Club evaluate the possibility of moving to a new stadium.

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.

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. 15.4.12

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. 1.9.12

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. 7.5.12

Other developments

Chesterfield

The main entrance will shortly be flanked by two tall and thin stainless steel sculptures,designed by Planet Art and local school children, which will represent the twisted spire of St Mary’s church, an image which also adorns the new club crest and gives the clubs its nickname 'Spireites'.

The stadium has sufficient capacity for League One or Two games however should the club fullfil its ambitions to play at Championship level the ground will be expanded, most likely by building new stands in the open corners.

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.

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.

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 just under 40,000.

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.

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'.

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. 22.3.11

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