Peterborough United Football Club have delayed the opening of a planned new stadium by a year, because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The League One club, known as The Posh, earlier this year reached an agreement with the City Council for an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) for a new stadium as part of the City Centre Development Framework.
The club had hoped to open a new stadium in time for the 2022/23 season with capacity for 17,500 fans, potentially rising to 23,000.
But co-owner Darragh MacAnthony has now confirmed that this timeline has had to be rethought.
Speaking on his ‘The Hard Truth’ podcast, MacAnthony said:
Everything’s been put back a little bit time wise. There’s finance involved, there’s money involved, and there’s a pandemic and a mini recession and the economic impact of that.
We’re still buying the ground we’re in – that deal’s going ahead. It’s taking time – (co-owners) Jason and Randy are working very hard on that. The new ground is still full steam ahead, it’s just been put back a year. But as far as we’re concerned it’s business as usual. We’re back a step (but) we think those things are going to happen.
The planned new stadium – which has been inspired by the Groupama Arena in Budapest, the home of Ferencvárosi TC – will hold large concerts and events as well as Posh matches.
The club currently plays its home matches at The Weston Homes Stadium.