AFC Wimbledon has released further details of the new £30 million stadium it plans to build in time for kick-off of the 2020/21 season.
The English Football League One club is looking to return to its spiritual home in Plough Lane, Wimbledon.
Designed by KSS and being built by Buckingham Group, AFC Wimbledon said the club’s new home will be bursting with unique features that can’t be found in other stadiums. The new venue will feature:
- Its own pub which will be open seven days a week and which the local community can use during normal licensing hours;
- A fan zone, which can be accessed from all our stands, so fans can meet before, during and after games, no matter where they’re sat;
- The largest conferencing suite in the borough – capable of seating 500 guests;
- A museum charting the history of the club with tours available for the wider community;
- A 9,000 capacity which can eventually expand to 20,000 by connecting all four corners to create a dramatic bowl-shaped arena.
The main West Stand will have four tiers (including the ground floor), with media facilities, camera gantries and 12 glass-fronted executive boxes looking down on to our pitch. The players’ tunnel will lead out from the centre of the stand, with the managers’ technical areas either side.
There will be food concessions and bar kiosks scattered throughout for supporters who don’t want to congregate in the fans’ zone – and there’ll be a greatly-expanded club shop packed with souvenirs and mementos.
An area has been designated for families, away fans will go in the North Stand, and there will be full provision for disabled supporters, including 100 dedicated spaces and four internal lifts. The club said in a statement:
Expected to cost around £30million, this is the stadium that completes our resurrection. This is what the pioneers dreamt and talked about when they took the bold steps 17 years ago to rebuild our club.
This puts us back on the map, back in SW19 – back into the community we were cruelly torn away from. We’re so close to moving in, you can look at these pictures and practically hear the roar as the team walks out into a blue and gold wonderland for the first match back on home turf.
Imagine the extra decibels, imagine the players proudly pushing out their chests – imagine those badges on those shirts. Plough Lane will be awash with pride and emotion – and, with your help, it’s less than 14 months away. Isn’t this what we’ve all been waiting for?