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Southend United FC unveils plans for new 21,000-seat stadium

Southend United FC has advised that they will be unveiling the latest, revised plans for their new football/soccer stadium and retail complex later this month, which the Club says will “play a huge role in the town’s regeneration”.

The public exhibition will be held on Friday the 23rd and Saturday 24th of October 2015 in the Blues Lounge at Roots Hall Stadium, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS2 6NQ.
The scheme will deliver a new 21,000-seat stadium incorporating a 131-bed hotel and residential development, an 11-12 screen cinema, retail and restaurant floorspace, together with related ancillary infrastructure at Fossetts Farm. In addition, two soccer domes will be developed, one for use by the community, including the Cecil Jones Academy and one for Southend United Football Club for training purposes and to aid the Club’s Academy aspirations in developing young talent for the future.

A statement posted on the Club’s website says:

We write to invite you to attend a public exhibition to view the emerging proposals for revised plans relating to the relocation of Southend United FC to Fossetts Farm, on Eastern Avenue.

 The relocation of the Club to Fossetts Farm may not be new news to you, the scheme, whilst similar in content to previous approved plans, has been amended, including additional Community facilities.

The development forms part of wider plans by Martin Dawn plc to construct a new football stadium for Southend United. Martin Dawn plc is in advanced discussions with British Land plc to forward fund the retail development, which will facilitate the first phase of the new stadium.

British Land plc is the UK’s largest listed owner and manager of retail space and a market leader in the design and development of Shopping Parks. Their skill is to create environments which support today’s work and leisure lifestyles… providing a perfect ‘neighbour’ for the Club’s plans.

In addition, two soccer domes will be developed, one for use by the community including Cecil Jones Academy and one for Southend United Football Club for training purposes and to aid the Club’s Academy aspirations in developing young talent for the future.

Please come along to the consultation. There will be both professional personnel coordinating the application and members of the Clubs’ Commercial Team to discuss the plans and answer questions.

Image courtesy: Southend United FC

Image courtesy: Southend United FC

Read more at: http://www.southendunited.co.uk/news/article/southend-united-club-statement-press-release-commercial-2732488.aspx#G8LAeFAdhs1AU8RT.99