Aberdeen Football Club has released more details of its plans for a new stadium on land at Kingsford.
Earlier this year, the club revealed proposals to develop a new community and sports campus, football academy and stadium on the site.
It has now provided further details of its plans following extensive consultation with stakeholders and as it prepares to lodge a detailed planning application for the scheme.
Aberdeen FC said creating a 21st century stadium, modern training facilities for its first team and youth academy, and dedicated facilities for the AFC Community Trust are vital for the club to achieve a sustainable future and to maximise its contribution to the city and region on and off the pitch.
The club’s plans for its 25 hectare Kingsford site include three professional training pitches; two community 3G pitches; community pavilion to include changing facilities, offices, a gymnasium and multi-purpose space with a potential community learning zone; new stadium with up to 20,000-seat capacity; a fan-zone, AFC store; Red café; AFC Heritage Museum and Memorial Garden; and circa 1,600 car parking spaces, bus parking and drop off areas.
The club said the Kingsford development will deliver essential, modern training facilities, community facilities and a stadium that provides an enhanced match-day and non match-day experience. These will support the ambitions of the club and its fans, further the award-winning work done in the local community by AFC Community Trust and provide wider economic and social benefits to the city and region.
In developing its plans the club has listened to its fans and other stakeholders and looked at best in class facilities in stadia across the UK and Europe.
The single tier, fully enclosed stadium will dramatically improve atmosphere, while minimising visual impact on the surrounding area.
Much more comfortable and accessible, the stadium and its concourse areas, and the wider site facilities will offer a much better match-day experience for everyone, from young to old – encouraging greater family attendance and providing a beacon for the fans of the future, the club said
More significantly for the profile of the region, Kingsford will be the largest new-build stadium in Scotland in 100 years.
George Yule, Executive Vice Chairman of AFC, said:
What makes our Club so enduring is the fact that we play such an important role in our community. The glories of our past and solid footing of our present cannot sustain the club in the future and that is why we embarked on a new journey some four years ago – a journey that will take us to long-term success and sustainability, on and off the pitch.
Having achieved our initial milestones, the club is now in the best shape it has been for many years. We are demonstrating significant strength on and off the pitch with our first team, our youth development programme, our robust financial position and our fantastic work in the community.
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