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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Club have commenced with an 18 month programme of works to refurbish and expand the facilities of the Grandstand. This will include building new facilities behind the stand and replacing its roof, plus the fitting of seating to the lower terrace. Also to one side of the Stand (towards the Barn Park End) the existing small Chisholm Lounge is to be removed and in that area, new players dressing rooms are to be built. The players will then in the future enter the field of play from that corner of the stadium. The Grandstand will be closed to spectators for the whole of the 2018/19 season. Once completed the capacity of Home Park will rise to 18,600. Below is a computerised artists impression of how the refurbished Grandstand will look (image courtesy of ADGKT Architects & Plymouth Argyle FC) 27.3.19
The photo below shows the progress of the new stand. It was taken in April 2019. Thanks to Andy Dunkley for sending it in:
After a number of delays, works have now commenced on the building of a new North Stand. The stand which is believed to be costing around £1m will have a capacity of 1,428 covered seats. It has been financed partly by the Football Foundation and the rest from supporters via a bond scheme. It is hoped that the stand will be open for the start of the 2019/20 season. 24.4.19
Progress Photo Of The Progress Works - April 2019
Thanks to Barry Buttigieg for providing the photo above
The Club were forced to leave their Meadow Park ground in July 2007, after some of the worst flooding recorded in the area, engulfed the stadium, with water almost reaching the height of the crossbars! The Club have been desperately trying to return to Meadow Park, but only recently have received planning permission to build a new stadium on the Meadow Park site and the building has been slowed due to the presence of a large telephone mast onsite, which has now been removed. In October 2018 the Club announced that they were scaling down plans for the new stadium, which they hope to move into early in the 2019/20 season. The capacity will now be 3,100 and instead of a 1,000 seat Main Stand, two 350 seat stands will be built either side of the halfway line. 19.10.18
The Club have announced that the opening of the new York Community Stadium, has been put back from June 2019 until September 2019. York City will therefore be spending a bit longer at Bootham Crescent, whilst works are completed. The building of the 8,112 capacity all seated stadium at Monks Cross, which is located just over four miles away from the centre of York, is part of a larger development, including a cinema and leisure complex with swimming pool. The Buckingham Group are building contractors and this company were also responsible amongst others for the building of the Amex Stadium in Brighton and Stadium MK in Milton Keynes. It has been reported that although the stadium building is on schedule, parts of the wider development, including the adjacent leisure centre are not, hence the delays. The new stadium will become home to both York City Football Club and York Knights Rugby League Club. 27.2.19
The artists impression above of how the stadium will look is courtesy of the York Community Stadium website, where more images and information can be found.
The Club have commenced with the building of their new 17,250 capacity stadium, which is located on a site at Lionel Road (which is around one mile away from Griffin Park, in-between Kew Bridge Railway Station and the M4). The Club have announced that they are planning to kick off the 2020/21 season at their new ground.
Shown above is an artists impression of how the new stadium may look. This image is shown courtesy of the Brentford FC website. Below are a couple of photos taken by Martin Pither, showing the site of the new stadium in April 2019.
The Club have commenced works to place sizeable structures in both the North East and South East Corners (either side of the James Hargreaves Stand). Both of these will include viewing platforms and facilities for disabled supporters. The first of these being built is in the North East Corner in-between the Jimmy McIlroy and James Hargreaves Stands. This will also incorporate a large video screen. Once completed the works on the South East corner will commence. It is expected that works will be completed by the end of this current season. 27.2.19
Not far off...
The Club are to proceed with the building of a new 20,000 capacity stadium at an area called Kingsford, which is located to the West of Aberdeen, around seven miles from Pittodrie, after signing agreements with the local council. The stadium will be part of a wider £50m project for the area. The first phase of the project which will see the building of a new Club Academy and training pitches has already begun. It is hoped that works on the new stadium will commence towards the end of this year, with the possibility of it being ready for the start of the 2020/21 season. Pittodrie is to be sold for housing development.18.4.18
The Club are hoping to start the building of their new stadium on the site of the former Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium in May 2019. The site is close to their former Plough Lane home. It is expected that the new stadium will take 14 months to complete and therefore should be open for the start of the 2020/21 season. The new ground will have an initial capacity of 10,000 seats but will be built in such a way that it can be easily expanded to 20,000 at a later date. 12.3.19
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.
The Club are planning to build a new 5,000 capacity stadium, located South West of the town, just off the A16 near Woodside. This is part of a wider regeneration project known as the Quadrant, which includes housing. Although preparatory works took place in 2018 to largely clear the stadium site and make ready, no construction of the ground has actually begun. This is believed to be due to funding issues that the Club are trying to address. It is hoped that some positive news in this respect will be announced during the Summer of 2019. Artists impressions of the new stadium and details of the wider regeneration project for the area can be viewed on the Quadrant Project website. 24.4.19.
Crystal Palace have received the go-ahead from Croydon Council to increase the capacity of Selhurst Park to over 34,000. This will be mostly achieved by building a bigger Main Stand which will have a capacity of 13,500 seats, including new hospitality areas. The stand will have four tiers and will have an attractive glass frontage. Subject final approval from the Lord Matoy's office, then it is expected that building works will start at the end of the 2018/19 season. Works are expected to take around two years to complete. The existing Main Stand will remain in operation during this period as the new parts will be constructed above, around and behind it..18.4.18
An artists impression of the expanded Main Stand
(courtesy of the official Crystal Palace website)
The Club have announced ambitious plans to effectively build a new stadium on the current site of Stonebridge Road. The new stadium, which will be built in phases and will have a capacity of around 8,500, including 2,000 seats. The first phase of the proposed development has been completed with the opening of the new Main Stand and the refurbishment of the Swanscombe End. The other sides of the ground (and alas the final demise of the classic looking old Main Stand) will also be redeveloped, including next, the Plough End which will see new terrace built. This will also include the building of a new tall hotel building situated directly behind it. The terrace will be built in such a way that it can easily be converted to seating at a later stage if needed. The Club are expected to commence with the building of the terrace and hotel in October 2018, with the works taking a year to complete. 10.8.18
The Club have been given planning permission to build a new stand on the Riverside side of Craven Cottage. The new stand will be quite sizeable, having a capacity of just under 9,000. It will have a large higher tier and a smaller lower tier. The development will also include restaurants, meeting facilities, bars, nine flats and a new riverside walkway behind it. It is expected that works will commence in May 2019. Once completed it will raise the capacity of Craven Cottage to 29,600. However whilst works take place, the capacity will be restricted to 21,000 for at least a season, with a view to the lower tier of the new stand being made available during the 2020/21 season. The Buckingham Group have been appointed as the contractors to construct the new stand. This is the same company who built the Amex Stadium, Brighton, as well as stands at Cardiff City and Wolverhampton Wanderers among others. So it should be good! 12.12.18
An Artists Impression Of How The New Stand Will Look
The above image is supplied courtesy of the Fulham FC website.
On the radar
The Club have announced their intention to leave Dean Court and build a new a 25,000 capacity stadium. As the Club do not own Dean Court, they have decided that the future long term growth and security of the Club would be best achieved by having a ground that they owned. The Club have identified a site quite close to the current ground in Kings Park in an area which includes an existing athletics stadium. It is expected that detailed plans will soon be announced. The Club have signalled their aim to be kicking off the 2020/21 season at the new ground. 12.7.17
The Club did announce that they had received planning permission to build a new 60,000 capacity stadium on the existing Stamford Bridge site. Artists impressions from the architects Herzog & de Meuron were published (as can be viewed on the de Zeen Magazine website). It was anticipated that works would start pretty soon and the Chelsea would need to groundshare for at least one season. However, in May 2018 the Club's owner revealed that the Club had abandoned the new stadium plans 10.6.18
The clubs owners have purchased land near Camperdown Park and Dundee Ice Arena, with a view to possibly building a new stadium for the Club. The site is located on the North Western edge of Dundee, around two and half miles away from Dens Park. It is believed that a planning application will be made during 2017. 4.3.17
The Club have purchased a site at Bramley Moore Dock with the aim of building a new 52,000 stadium there (although this may increase to 62,000). The Bramley Moore Dock is located on the East Bank of the River Mersey and is north of the City Centre. Formal plans and proposals of how the stadium may look have yet to be announced, but the Club are aiming to apply for planning permission before the end of 2019. 22.12.18
Forest Green Rovers
The Club have put in plans to the Local Council for approval, to build a new 5,000 capacity stadium near to Junction 13 of the M5. If successful then the new stadium would be built in such a way that the capacity could easily be expanded to 10,000 at a future date. Interestingly and in keeping with Club's green credentials the new stadium is to be mostly constructed of wood. The Club have also selected World-renowned architects Zaha Hadid to design the new stadium. Zaha Hadid are currently involved in designing new stadiums for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and previous works have included the Aquatic Centre built in London for the 2012 Olympic Games. The image below of an artists impression of how the new stadium will look is supplied courtesy of the Forest Green Rovers website where more images of the proposed stadium can be viewed. 8.3.17
In January 2019 the club received planning permission to build a new 17,500 capacity stadium 9with an option to increase to 22,500 at a later date), at a site known as Power Court, which is located near to Luton Railway Station. This is great news as previous proposals for a new ground were to be for an out of town location near Junction 10 of the M1, which I believe the Club owns. Instead the local Council have approved plans to develop this site by the M1 as a Hotel, Office and Retail Park.Called Newlands Park, the development will help pay for the new Luton Town Stadium. The final hurdle may still appear in the form of local objections to the use of the greenfield site for the Newlands Park development and that could spark a judicial review and referral to the Secretary Of State for a final decision.
Still the Club have now taken major strides forward and if everything goes to plan, then they could be kicking off in their new home in a few years time.
Below is an artists impression of how the new stadium will look. This plus lots more information can be found on the 2020 Developments website. 15.3.19
The club have planning permission to extend The North Stand by constructing a new third tier. This could add approx. 6,250 seats. A timescale for this work has not been announced. Once these developments are finished the overall capacity will rise to around 61,000 making it the second largest football stadium in the country.
It is believed that the club are now actively considering rebuilding the old Sir Bobby Charlton (Main) Stand on one side of the ground. This side of the stadium is the only side that hasn't been rebuilt or expanded in the last 20 years. Up to now the close proximity of a railway line directly behind this stand has meant that any redevelopment would result in a stand that didn't have much more capacity than the present structure. However, as building technology and stadium design has evolved, it is now thought that a much bigger stand could be put in place that would increase the overall capacity of Old Trafford to just under 90,000. Already Old Trafford has the largest capacity ground of any league club in the British Isles and if this expansion goes ahead it will become the second largest football club ground in Europe, with only Barcelona's Nou Camp being larger at over 99,000. 20.12.17
The Club have submitted plans to the Local Authority to redevelop Glanford Park with a new 11,000 capacity ground. The ground will be rebuilt one stand at a time, which will be cantilevered. This means that the Club can continue to play there whilst the works are undertaken. It is intended that if planning permission is granted, then the first stand to be demolished and rebuilt will be the East (Main Stand). The plans also include corporate facilities and commercial space, as well as some residential apartments on the Glanford Park site. 18.8.18
The Club have announced their intention to further develop the capacity of Bramall Lane to over 40,000. The Club have applied for planning permission to add an additional tier onto the South Stand that would contain an additional 5,400 seats. In a separate development, the Club also have plans to add another 3,000 seats to the Kop End by extending it backwards.The stand would be cantilevered (so no supporting pillars) with a video screen built into the front of the roof. 22.1.18
An Artists Impression Of The Extended South Stand
Image courtesy of Sheffield United FC
The club have submitted plans to build a new 22,000 capacity stadium at Fossetts Farm, just behind the club’s training ground in Eastern Avenue. The scheme plans also to feature a hotel, retail space, a cinema, plus indoor soccer pitches and residential accommodation. It planning permission is quickly forthcoming then works could start towards the end of this year. However, initially, the stadium will be restricted to a capacity of 14,000 and will only have three sides. It is hoped that revenue generated from the new build will then be used to fund future developments. 29.4.17
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 timescales have been announced as to when these developments would take place.
Wolverhampton Wanderers have made it known that they are planning to expand the capacity of Molineux to 46,000. This will be achieved by first building a new stand to replace the Steve Bull Stand on one side of the ground. This will raise capacity to 36,000. Next, a new large single tiered stand will be built to replace the Jack Hayward (South Bank) Stand at one end of the ground, taking the capacity up to 46,000. Works could commence on the new Steve Bull Stand in the Summer of 2020, with the new Jack Hayward Stand following two years later. 18.2.19
Anyone's guess when...
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 timescales as to when this may take place.'
The Club have announced that they are looking at the prospect of building a new stadium on the Western side of Lincoln, towards the end of Beevor Street, around one and a half miles away from Sincil Bank. The Club are proposing to build a 10-12,000 capacity stadium and are hoping to design something unique. However, the proposed site has poor access and is hemmed in by railway lines, so a bridge will need to be built to give access, which could be a stumbling block. 1.5.17
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 the second phase to 20,000.
The Club have received planning permission to redevelop 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.
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 timescales 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'.
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.
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 becomes established in the Premier League.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 seat stand, 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.'
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 been looking for some time to possibly build a new stadium at a new location, rather than develop Loftus Road. This is simply that the present Loftus Road Stadium occupies quite a small footprint and is hemmed in by nearby residential housing, meaning that it would be almost impossible to build a larger stadium there. Having been thwarted so far in finding a nearby suitable site, speculation has now focussed on the Linford Christie Athletics Stadium, which is located in the Wormwood Scrubs area, within the same borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, around half a mile away from Loftus Road. The Council owned venue would be suitable, however the Club is looking for long term security and would probably prefer to purchase the site outright from the Council. Whereas the Council would may be prefer to retain some provision for athletics and lease the ground to QPR. So we shall see what happens with this. 21.2.19
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.
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.
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.
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 final capacity would be around 64,000'.
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 timescales as to when this might actually happen.
The Club have announced that they are looking into ways of expanding the capacity of Vicarage Road to around the 30,000 mark. The most likely way of doing this would be to add further seating/an additional tier to the Sir Elton John and Graham Taylor Stands. 9.4.18
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.
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.