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Scunthorpe United unveils vision for £40 million football development

A masterplan for a major out of town football and leisure development has been revealed by the Lincolnshire club, nicknamed The Iron. The 12,000 capacity all-seater Iron Arena is part of the vision for the overall development created by architecture and design practice Frank Whittle Partnership (FWP) on a site near the club’s present Glanford Park ground.

The FWP plan also includes a 120-bed hotel, a multi-use indoor arena, community sports pitches, indoor and outdoor crown green bowling facilities and a potential transport interchange hub with a new rail station.

The new football stadium would have club and executive facilities, a gym, office space and areas for commercial development as well as a club venue and supporters’ bar. A sweeping curve on the main stand designed by FWP is enhanced by a striking truss which pays homage to Scunthorpe’s steelwork history. David Robinson, managing partner at FWP, said:

We have worked very hard to create a vibrant and modern development that will be a real asset to the community and the local economy. The proposed masterplan we have created for Scunthorpe United aims to provide a real destination venue for sport, leisure and entertainment for the local community.

We have worked closely with the club to create modern facilities that will be used by members of the community seven days a week, throughout the year, something we believe is vitally important for modern day sports venues. The football stadium we are proposing is really special and the design, with its sweeping curves is striking.

It will provide the club and its fans with fantastic facilities and we’ve designed the stands to ensure the supporters are close to the action on the pitch. It gives Scunthorpe United a vibrant, modern new home. The community sports pitches and the multi-use sports hall will provide fantastic facilities for people of all ages.

We’ve also looked at the transport links to the new stadium and the transport hub we are proposing includes park and ride facilities and a possible new train stadium. It all adds to the ease of access we envisage.