Ground developments to football stadiums in the English football league system

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A large number of English football clubs have ongoing schemes to redevelop existing grounds, or to move to newly constructed stadiums. A trend towards all-seater stadiums was initially prescribed by the Taylor Report, and was originally a condition only of Premier League admission. It has now become a requirement that within three years of promotion to the Championship all paying spectators are seated, even if the club is subsequently relegated. This page provides an (incomplete) list and description of those clubs who have planned new stadiums or refurbishments, or who have already moved/refurbished since around the time of the Taylor Report.

The following list includes clubs that are based in Wales but play in the English football league system.

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History[edit]

When Scunthorpe United moved to Glanford Park in 1988, it was the first time a Football League club had moved to a new purpose-built home since 1955.[1] Up to this point, most sides were playing in grounds that were more-or-less structurally unchanged for a century.

Ground improvements were seldom, most clubs rarely reached their capacity on a regular basis, and poor facilities were commonplace. The main source of income came from gate receipts, and most additional money was spent on transfers. It was not until the growing concern in the 1980s about the safety of existing stadiums, that clubs began to examine the possibilities offered by redeveloping their grounds.

The Taylor Report recommended the conversion of all top-level football stadiums to all-seater arenas[2] although this was subsequently applied to the top two levels. This was given governmental financial assistance, and while unpopular with many fans, attendances began to rise again having fallen heavily during the previous decade. The new all-seater arrangement tended to be more popular with both the clubs and football authorities, as they had the combined benefits of being safer and more profitable.

The boom in television rights following the creation of the Premier League in 1992 allowed a number of clubs to further expand their stadiums, or even move to new ones. Realising the commercial possibilities of new stadiums, many ambitious outfits constructed purpose-built stadiums often on the outskirts of cities or in urban regeneration areas. It has become common for clubs to tie these new stadiums in with residential or leisure complexes.

A number of lower-league clubs had plans for ground improvements halted following the collapse of ITV Digital and the lucrative broadcasting contract they had agreed.[3][4] Following the re-sale of rights, a number of these programmes have been re-activated in recent years, and some of the heaviest stadium redevelopment has been in the lower divisions. Most teams with ambitions of eventual promotion to the Premier League have plans for continued work on their grounds to bring them up to an appropriate standard. Even the biggest clubs have been affected, Manchester United have totally rebuilt Old Trafford while Arsenal moved to the Emirates Stadium in 2006.

Under the bullet Current stadium status below, "New" means built after 1988 and replacing a former venue, while "Reconstructed" means the club has merely made improvements to their stadium.


Premier League[edit]

Arsenal[edit]

  • Current stadium status: New.

Arsenal moved to the Emirates Stadium in 2006, which has massively boosted club income.[5] At present, the capacity is 60,355 (seated), with currently no public plans to expand it despite strong average attendances of 60,025 in the Premier League.[6] Emirates Stadium is the second largest club ground in England, after Old Trafford. The Emirates replaced Highbury, where the club had been based since 1913, which itself had been substantially updated in the early 1990s and reduced capacity from 59,000 to an all-seater 38,500. However, this was deemed inadequate by 1998 and led to the club's directors deciding that relocation was necessary, prompting the club to build a new stadium, with the site at Ashburton Grove being selected in November 1999 and work beginning in 2004.

Aston Villa[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

Aston Villa have planning permission to increase Villa Park from 42,000 to 50,000 seats by expanding the North Stand,[7] with their American owner Randy Lerner apparently keen to boost capacity. Villa Park has been all-seater since 1994, when the Holte End was rebuilt, but did not reach its current capacity until the Trinity Road Stand was rebuilt in the 2000–01 season. No major developments have taken place since, although in the late 1990s it was planned to take the stadium's capacity to more than 50,000.

Cardiff City[edit]

  • Current stadium status: New.

A new all-seater stadium, planned since the late 1990s, for Cardiff City opened in 2009 after the club had spent 99 years at nearby Ninian Park, and for three seasons the new stadium was shared with the Cardiff Blues rugby union club. The new Cardiff City Stadium can be expanded to hold up to 60,000 people, but initially holds 27,000, with short term possibility to increase to 35,000.[8] It is to be the second largest stadium in Wales, after the Millennium Stadium, also in the Welsh capital.

Chelsea[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

Following Roman Abramovich's takeover, Chelsea have examined expanding their current home at Stamford Bridge to a capacity of over 50,000.[9] Numerous problems over health and safety issues have stalled this, because due to the stadium's location fans can only exit onto the Fulham Road.[10] The club have thus been linked with moves to a number of potential sites in west London, including a site at Earl's Court, although the club have indicated no such plans exist.[11] A further stumbling block is that the club's naming rights are owned by the Chelsea Pitch Owners, which also owns the Stamford Bridge freehold. As a condition for using the Chelsea FC name, the club has to play its first team matches at Stamford Bridge. A move to a new stadium could mean the club having to change their name.[12] Stamford Bridge was extensively rebuilt between 1993 and 1998, with three stands being replaced and the circular track between the pitch and stands being removed, and the only pre-1993 stand at the stadium being the 1974 East Stand structure.

Crystal Palace[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

In January 2011, Crystal Palace announced plans to move from their run-down Selhurst Park home to return to the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre (on the site of the original ground the club left in 1915, a stadium that also hosted the FA Cup final from 1895 to 1914). The plans involve demolishing the existing structure and redeveloping it into a 40,000-seater purpose-built football stadium.[13] Tottenham Hotspur F.C. also released plans to redevelop the NSC into a 25,000-seater stadium, maintaining it as an athletics stadium, as part of their plans to redevelop the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics.[14] However, Spurs' failure to secure the site, which instead went to West Ham United has left the road clear for Palace to pursue the site. Their current Selhurst Park home has been all-seater since the mid 1990s, holding more than 26,000 spectators. Wimbledon were tenants there between 1991 and 2003, and for six years prior to that the stadium also had Charlton Athletic as tenants.

Everton[edit]

  • Current stadium status

Everton were planning to relocate to a new stadium in Kirkby.[15] This generated a large amount of controversy,[16] as it was beyond the city limits of Liverpool. In June 2008 Kirkby council approved the new stadium, however, following a public inquiry that was held in December 2008, the stadium was rejected by the Secretary of State in November 2009.[17]

It is planned to have 50,401 seats initially, with potential to increase to 60,000 at a later date. The club's current stadium has been all-seater (with a capacity of just over 40,000) since 1994, when a new stand was built at one end of the ground. The Main Stand was built in 1970, while the two remaining stands are refurbished interwar structures.

The first plans for relocation were announced in 1996. A site at King's Dock was identified and bid for in 2000.[18] These plans were then shelved in 2003 when chairman Bill Kenwright said that the club couldn't raise adequate funds.[19]

Fulham[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

Since Fulham's promotion to the Premier League, and the conversion of Craven Cottage to an all-seater stadium, the club have been slowly adding to the capacity of the ground every summer. There are periodic reports of a new stadium in White City to be shared with Queens Park Rangers, but such plans are not currently being pursued by either club, with both concentrating on developing their existing grounds. Craven Cottage was the final top division stadium to feature standing accommodation when Fulham were promoted in 2001, but Taylor Report regulations meant it closed a year later. During this period there was intermittent rumours of the Cottage being sold and Fulham possibly purchasing land at Battersea Power Station or elsewhere in West London. Thus Fulham ground-shared with rivals Queens Park Rangers for two years at Loftus Road until they returned to an all-seater Craven Cottage. The plan at the time had been for Craven Cottage to reach over 30,000 capacity, but these were delayed due to opposition from local residents and at first the club had to settle for a 22,000-seat stadium.[20]

There have been gradual increases in capacity since Fulham's return, with the capacity now being 26,500. Plans are afoot to increase the capacity of Craven Cottage by an additional 4,500 seats,[21] taking the capacity to 31,000 mainly through redevelopment of the Riverside Stand; however this is yet to be implemented. Consultation of the project has been revived in October 2011 and seemed to have been greenlighted for Riverside development to start, Summer 2012.[22]

Hull City[edit]

  • Current stadium status: New.

Hull's KC Stadium, which opened in December 2002 with a capacity of more than 25,000 seats to replace Boothferry Park, is designed to provide for future expansion to a capacity of approximately 45,000 by the addition of a second tier on the Arco East Stand.[23] In March 2008 the Hull chairman said an expansion could potentially take place within two years if there was a clear need for further capacity.[24] In January 2011 it was announced that Hull, under new owner Assem Allam, were interested in buying the KC Stadium from Hull City Council in order to redevelop the stadium and the vicinity of it.[25] Consultation with the council commenced in May.[26] These talks broke down in September 2011,[27] leading the club to announce in December 2012 their intention to move into a new stadium should the club achieve promotion back to the Premier League.[28]

When Hull moved to the stadium in December 2002, they were still playing in Division Three (they reached the Premier League in 2008). For the 56 years prior to that, they had played at Boothferry Park but the decision was made to build a new stadium when a takeover by Adam Pearson in 2001 the club's new owner declared his ambition to build a stadium suited to top flight football, as Boothferry Park was too confined to develop a stadium fit for top division football.

Liverpool[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

Liverpool have plans to move to a new stadium in Stanley Park, near their current Anfield home.[29] The present plans involve a 66,754 seat stadium. Preliminary construction has already started. Anfield has been all-seater since the mid-1990s, when the Spion Kop was rebuilt two years after the completion of the Centenary Stand on the southern side of the stadium. The Main Stand dates back to the early 1970s, while the Anfield Road Stand was already all-seater when it was rebuilt in 1997, giving Anfield a capacity of more than 45,000 seats.

Construction of the new stadium, however, was halted in 2008 due to lack of funds combined with the impending recession.

The relocation was first proposed in 2000, when the club had been hoping to have a 70,000-seat stadium ready for the 2004–05 season. In 2002 it was decided that relocation was a more viable option than expansion, when the plans were amended for a less expensive 60,000-seat stadium to be built. However Fenway Sports Group, the new owners of the club, have stated they are still unsure whether to expand Anfield (similar to what they did with Fenway Park, the home field of the Boston Red Sox baseball team) or to build a new stadium entirely. Most supporters groups have stated that they prefer the club to remain at Anfield.[30]

Manchester City[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed - expansion to 54,000 in progress as of April 2014.

City have played at the City of Manchester Stadium since 2003 (it was completed for the previous year's Commonwealth Games) and for the previous 80 years had played at Maine Road, which had been converted into an all-seater format during the 1990s with the construction of two new stands, giving it a capacity of just over 35,000, although in its early days it had held crowds of more than 80,000.

The decision to relocate to the City of Manchester Stadium was made in 1997, in place of previous plans for Maine Road to be expanded to 45,000 seats, which had initially been postponed a year earlier due to City's relegation.

Manchester City were taken over by the Abu Dhabi United Group in September 2008, and quickly earmarked land around Eastlands for redevelopment.[31] A memorandum of understanding has since been formed with Manchester City Council, and City jointly own 200 acres of land in the vicinity of Eastlands.[32] In July 2011, the City of Manchester Stadium was renamed the Etihad Stadium which would help fund the redevelopment.[33] The first developments include a new state-of-the-art training complex for Manchester City and the local community is to be built nearby the Etihad Stadium with a centrepiece bridge linking the complex to the stadium.[34]

After two seasons with virtually every league match selling out, City announced that they were in the process of applying for planning permission for an expansion of approximately 13,500 seats, which would make the ground the second largest club ground in the United Kingdom, and the seventh largest stadium of any type in the same, at approximately 61,000 total seats.[35]

After receiving planning permssion for stadium expansion on 14 February 2014, City announced their intention to begin construction of a third tier of seating on the South Stand only.[36] Although they noted that permission has been received for expansion to the North Stand along with further pitch-side seating, the club is at present holding off on these projects.[36] With the South Stand expansion adding approximately 6,250 seats, the new capacity of the stadium after construction will be just above 54,000.[37]

Manchester United[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

Since 1990, Old Trafford has undergone a massive facelift converting the stadium into a 76,000 all-seater, the largest club stadium in the United Kingdom.

Old Trafford has been United's home since 1910, and after decades of gradual development (and a complete rebuild following bomb damage in World War II) became largely all-seater in the 1992–1993 season when the Stretford End was rebuilt, and completely all-seater the following season once the Scoreboard Paddock had been converted. Expansion took place in 1995–96 when the 30-year-old North Stand was bulldozed to make way for a new three-tier structure. The other two stands at Old Trafford were expanded in the 1999–2000 season and the latest expansion took place in 2006–07 with the enlargement of seating in the quadrants. There have been proposals for the South Stand to become triple-tiered also this would would increase the capacity to 96,000 (a higher capacity than even Wembley Stadium), however the railway station and tracks have hindered such ideas and seem to be on ice for the foreseeable future. If this expansion did take place, it would even allow for attendances that were not seen in the days when Old Trafford had standing areas.

Norwich City[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

Norwich City increased the capacity of Carrow Road to c.27,000 over the Summer of 2010. There are plans to further expand Carrow Road by around 8,000 either by the redevelopment of the Geoffrey Watling City Stand or by adding a second tier to the Jarrold Stand, taking the capacity to around 35,000 seats. The initial conversion to an all-seater capaciy in the early 1990s saw the stadium have more than 21,000 seats.[38] The club confirmed in September 2012 that the feasibility of a 7,000 seat development has been backed by the University of East Anglia, based on factors such as "population growth, and real numbers, such as socio-economic data, and not instinct or intuition."[39] The likely cost has been estimated at £20m, but that "Currently, every spare penny is reinvested in the first team squad and this is something that the board wishes to continue in the short term."[39]

The building of a Holiday Inn franchise in one corner of the ground, has somewhat diminished possibilities for the future enlargement of Carrow Road. However, the club is looking at options to build a small stand in front of the hotel in the short-term.[39]

Newcastle United[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

In 2007 under the chairmanship of Freddy Shepherd, Newcastle United announced plans to increase the capacity of St James' Park by 8,000 to 60,000 by rebuilding the Gallowgate End as part of a £300m scheme to redevelop the stadium and its surrounding area.[40] This would cure St James' Park of its current lopsided appearance.[41] The plans appeared to have been shelved upon the 2007 takeover and review of the club by Mike Ashley, who subsequently announced in 2008 he would be selling the club. The club had trouble selling out games in the 2008–09 season as Newcastle headed towards relegation after 16 years in the Premier League.

St James's Park was initially revamped in the early to mid-1990s to give it a 36,000-seat capacity, but the most recent expansion did not take place until 1999–2000, in time for the 2000–01 season. In 1995, with demand for tickets exceeding the initial all-seater capacity, there had been plans relocate to a new 50,000-seat stadium at Castle Leazes, but these were abandoned in favour of expanding the existing stadium.

Stoke City[edit]

  • Current stadium status: New.

Stoke City have played at the Britannia Stadium since 1997, replacing Victoria Ground as their home stadium. Construction of the stadium cost £14.7million and construction works took about 10 months to complete. The Britannia Stadium has a capacity of 27,740 spectators, which was reduced from 28,384 due to segregation between the home and away fans.

In 2009, the club had plans to expand the stadium by about 3,000 seats by filling in one or two of the stadium's open corners, taking the total capacity of the stadium to over 30,000. Filling a corner would cost the club cost approximately £3 million. In November 2009, chairman Peter Coates said that the club would make a decision to expand the stadium capacity at the end of the season and was dependent on the club's Premier League survival. They were still considering to expand the capacity in February 2010. At the end of the season, chairman Peter Coates indicated that the club would wait at least another 12 months before deciding whether to spend up to £6 million on expanding the stadium.

On 13 November 2012, in Stoke's fifth successive season in the top flight, the club announced plans to increase the capacity to the 30,000 mark.

Sunderland[edit]

  • Current stadium status: New.

Sunderland's Stadium of Light is designed to allow expansion to 64,000 seats. In 2003 the club received planning permission to add another 7,200 seats to the South Stand which would have taken capacity to 56,000 but the plans were put on hold due to Sunderland's relegation.[42] In 2007 chairman Niall Quinn said the club had no current plans to increase capacity, as with many top flight clubs Sunderland struggle to fill their current capacity.

The Stadium of Light was one of the first new stadiums to be built during the modern era, opening in 1997 as replacement for 99-year-old Roker Park, with then chairman Bob Murray having decided in the early 1990s that a new stadium was the best option as Roker Park was unsuitable for converting into an all-seater stadium as its confined location would have given a capacity much lower than the club would have wanted. The land on which the Stadium of Light would eventually be built was identified as the site for a new stadium by 1995. It initially had more than 42,000 seats but this was taken to more than 48,000 in 2001.

Swansea City[edit]

  • Current stadium status: New.

Swansea moved to the purpose built 20,520 all-seater stadium Liberty Stadium in 2005, several years after relocation was first planned. This replaced Vetch Field which had been their home since they were founded and was unsuitable for expansion, and would have had a low all-seater capacity.

The club's current stadium is designed to allow expansion to over 40,000 seats. Construction commenced in the autumn of 2003 with the opening game taking place in the stadium between Swansea and Fulham on 23 July 2005.[43] Should Swansea become established in the Premier League, it is expected they would pursue expansions to this relatively new stadium. A council application to increase the size has been approved for the summer of 2012.

In April 2013 they submitted plans to increase the stadium capacity to 33,000, an increase of around 11,000.

Tottenham Hotspur[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

Tottenham have been planning a larger stadium since the late 1990s, however, it was undecided whether this strategy would involve expanding White Hart Lane (which has held some 36,000 all-seated fans since the early 1990s) or moving to a new site. Meanwhile in October 2010 the club announced it was interested in also pursuing the option to move to the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, London.

Northumberland Development Project[edit]

Spurs announced in the Northumberland Development Project (NDP) on 30 October 2008 that the club planned to build a new stadium on the existing White Hart Lane site combined with land purchased or optioned to the north, creating a 56,000-seater stadium.[44] The new development would include leisure facilities, shops, housing, a club museum, public space and also a new base for the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation. Initial public consultations took place in December 2008 and a further consultations on the NDP's more detailed plans were held at the start of April 2009.[45] A planning application was submitted to Haringey Council in October 2009. However following criticism by English Heritage and other conservation groups about the proposed demolition of listed buildings, the club withdrew the plans in May 2010 in favour of a revised plan which retained the listed buildings and improved the public areas around the stadium.[46]

The White Hart Lane name may be abandoned in favour of a sponsorship link. On 30 September 2010 the Planning Committee of Haringey Council unanimously approved the revised planning application and the Mayor of London gave his approval on 25 November 2010.[47]

After an extended period of negotiations with Haringey Council and the Mayor of London, leading to a Section 106 agreement, planning permissions were issued on 20 September 2011.[48] Following the riots in Tottenham, other parts of London and elsewhere in England in August 2011, the Greater London Authority and Haringey Council announced on 28 September that it would relieve the club of all community infrastructure payments that planners would normally require, estimated at £8.5m, and to provide a further £8.5m for regeneration and infrastructure projects.[49] In April 2014 the club announced that it anticipated the new stadium opening date to be Summer 2017.[50] On 11 July 2014 the Secretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government announced that a compulsory purchase order had been granted for the outstanding parcel of land required for the development of the new stadium site.[51] Coinciding with this announcement the Club issued a statement that it had used the delay to further refine, optimise and future-proof the detailed design.[52]

Olympic Stadium bid[edit]

In a statement on 1 October 2010 Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy stated that as there remained some uncertainties about the finalising of the NDP, the club was also keeping their options open by registering an interest in taking over the Olympic Stadium in conjunction with AEG (Europe)[53] and on 12 November 2010 the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) announced that the Tottenham Hotspur/AEG consortium had been shortlisted as one of the two preferred bidders along with West Ham United.[54]

The OPLC announced on 11 February 2011 that West Ham had been selected as the preferred bidder for the Olympic Stadium, subject to the decision being ratified by Government departments and the Mayor of London.[55]

Tottenham Hotspur joined with Leyton Orient seeking a judicial review to overturn the OPLC's decision. The appeal was rejected in June 2011[56] The decision not to have a review was appealed on 29 June 2011.[57] The OPLC announced on 5 July 2011 that an independent review into the awarding of the Olympic Stadium to West Ham was to be carried out following the discovery on 30 June 2011 that an employee, Dionne Knight, had been engaged by West Ham to carry out consultancy work relating to the Olympic Stadium without permission of the OPLC. Ms Knight, had already declared to the OPLC that she was in a personal relationship with a director of West Ham and, was suspended whilst a possible conflict of interest was investigated.[58] On 22 August 2011 the independent investigation ruled that the process was not compromised and thus the bid process will not be reopened.[59]

On 24 August 2011, Tottenham and Leyton Orient won a review of the decision, being told that they had an arguable case.[60] The review was scheduled to take place on 18 October 2011. However, on 11 October the deal to sell the stadium to West Ham collapsed.[61] On 17 October 2011 it was announced by the government that Tottenham Hotspur (and Leyton Orient) had withdrawn legal action seeking a judicial review into the handing of the Olympic Stadium's future use to West Ham.[62]

West Bromwich Albion[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

In spite of the club playing in the Premier League for all but four seasons since 2002, the capacity of The Hawthorns has been reduced over previous years due to a redevelopment of the West Stand (formerly the Halfords Land Stand). Chairman Jeremy Piece announced at the end of the 2010–11 season plans to increase the capacity of the Hawthorns to 30,000 over the next 3 years. It is not yet clear how this will be achieved however it could mean rebuilding the Halfords Lane End or rebuilding the East Stand corners.[citation needed]

West Ham United[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

West Ham United shelved plans for a new stadium in east London at a Parcelforce depot adjacent to West Ham tube station following their chairman's bankruptcy in the Icelandic financial crisis. In October 2010 the club formally registered an interest in conjunction with Newham Borough Council in taking over the nearby 2012 Olympic Stadium. The plan involved a 60,000 capacity stadium and the retention of the running track. A converted Olympic stadium would be part of the 2018 World Cup bid. On 12 November 2010 the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) announced that West Ham and Tottenham Hotspur were the two preferred bidders to take over the Olympic stadium after the 2012 Olympics.[54]

The OPLC announced on 11 February 2011 that West Ham had been selected as the preferred bidder for the Olympic Stadium. The decision was subsequently ratified by Government departments and the Mayor of London.[55] However, following a legal challenge by Tottenham Hotspur and Leyton Orient over the operation of the bidding process the Olympic Park Legacy Company decided in October 2011 to nullify the first bid process, change the legacy handover arrangements, and launch a new bidding process to look for consortiums to lease the stadium.[60] In March 2012 West Ham and Newham Council submitted a bid under the revamped process.[63]

Upton Park has been all-seater since the mid 1990s, the most recent development being the construction of the Dr Martens Stand in the 2000–01 season which gave the club a 35,000 capacity.

Championship[edit]

Barnsley[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

Barnsley have announced that they are to demolish the old West Stand at Oakwell and replace it with a new 9,000 seater stand similar to the current East Stand .[64] Oakwell Stadium currently holds 23,000 all-seated spectators and has done so since the mid-1990s. The plans for the reconstruction of the West Stand were first announced in the late 1990s. The stadium has a lot of clear land surrounding it making possible expansion to 40,000 or more, however as Oakwell is rarely full to capacity the club will continue to maintain the old West Stand for the foreseeable future.

Blackburn Rovers[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

There are long-term plans to redevelop the 1988-built Riverside Stand which would raise Ewood Park's capacity by around 9,000 to 41,000.[65] The stadium became all-seater for the 1994–95 season after a two-year reconstruction programme which saw three of the stadium's stands rebuilt. The reconstruction of the Darwen End saw the demolition of the Fernhurst Mill and the new Jack Walker Stand's construction saw the demolition of houses along Nuttall Street. Any further development in the foreseeable future depends on an increase of attendance.

Blackpool[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

In March 2008, the Blackpool chairman claimed that plans to build a new ground on the edge of the town were unlikely to be revived. On 8 July 2008, the club released a statement from club president, Valeri Belokon stating that work on both the new South Stand and the South-West corner would begin immediately.

The South Stand was originally projected to be complete by May 2009.[66] On 14 November 2009 it was revealed that the football club hope to work with Urban Regeneration Company ReBlackpool to build a new East Stand that would contain both seating and office/retail space rather than as originally planned for just seating. This will mean a larger stand is to be built which will require additional land to be acquired.[67]

On 13 May 2010, Karl Oyston pledged that construction of the East Stand would begin immediately, so long as they gain promotion to the Premier League. [68] On 14 June the temporary seating comprising the East Stand was removed, which was replaced with a 5,070-seat covered temporary stand, which raised the capacity to around 15,500.[69]

From 28 August 2010, the capacity of Bloomfield Road was raised to 16,220 after the new temporary East Stand was completed.[70]

Bolton Wanderers[edit]

  • Current stadium status: New.

Bolton Wanderers moved into their new Reebok Stadium in 1997, having previously played at Burnden Park since 1895. The Reebok has an all-seated capacity of 28,723. The plans for relocation were formulated in the early 1990s, when the club was still in the third tier of the English league but had ambitions of reaching the top flight (achieved in 1995). Burnden Park was an antiquated structure that would have been unsuitable for modernisation, and so the decision was made to build a new stadium elsewhere.

Bournemouth[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

Bournemouth's Dean Court ground was completely rebuilt in 2001, with the pitch rotated ninety degrees from its original position. The stadium was also moved away from adjacent housing. Although it was rebuilt as a three sided stadium, seats were placed on the undeveloped South End in the autumn of 2005. These seats were removed when the club was relegated to the bottom tier in 2008 but installed once more following promotion back to League One in 2010. The design allows for the construction of a permanent fourth stand which would raise the capacity to 12,000, with potential further expansion.

Brighton and Hove Albion[edit]

  • Current stadium status: New.

Brighton's 14-year wait for a permanent home came to an end when Brighton moved to Falmer Stadium, known as The American Express Community Stadium, in 2011. The stadium had built into its design the ability to have capacity increased to 30,750, which has been completed as of the end of the 2012–13 season. This has been done by filling in all four corners of the stadium and adding an extra tier to the top of the East Stand. Extra corporate boxes and hospitality suites have also been added to the existing South Stand mezzanine, and the 1901 Club West Stand middle tier has been extended around each corner.

Burnley[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

Burnley have an ongoing £20m development of Turf Moor planned. This will involve refurbishing some of the older stands, and will see capacity raised slightly above 22,000.[71] Further development after that is probable, with the Chief Executive Paul Fletcher confirming a second tier would be added to the Bob Lord Stand after the club won promotion to the Premier League. This would increase the capacity to around 28,000. The redevelopment will also include the new Stadiarena stand which effectively converts an outdoor stadium stand into an indoor arena and exhibition space within six minutes.

Charlton Athletic[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

Charlton have planning permission from Greenwich Council to add a second tier to the East Stand at The Valley, increasing capacity to 31,000. Potential future developments to the Jimmy Seed Stand could see this raised to 40,000 but this is unlikely to happen unless the club is promoted back to the Premier League or comes under new ownership.[72]

Derby County[edit]

  • Current stadium status: New.

In April 2007, Derby County released details of a proposed £20m development around their Pride Park Stadium which would create about 250 jobs.[73] The Pride Plaza project would include a 165-bed hotel, bars, restaurants and office space. On 9 November 2007 Derby City Council agreed to let the plans go ahead.

Additionally the club has announced plans to expand the capacity up from 33,500 to 44,000, with the work due to take place during the 2007–08 close season.,[74] provided the club avoided relegation. The plans include adding rows of seats to the north, south and east stands.[75] If completed, this would allow the club to break its current club record home attendance, Pride Park was opened in 1997 when Derby left the Baseball Ground, as one of the first clubs to relocate to a new stadium to comply with the Taylor Report. The new stadium was opened just 18 months after the decision to relocate was made public; the previous plan had been for the Baseball Ground to be rebuilt with a 26,000-seat capacity. However, the club failed to maintain its top-flight status and when, in January 2008, was sold into new American ownership, in the form of General Sports and Entertainment[76] both the Plaza plan and the Ground expansion initiatives were scrapped.

On 3 October 2011, Derby County announced that they had submitted plans to Derby City Council for a £7 million development of land outside the stadium, which the club named "The Plaza @ Pride Park".[77]

These plans include five cafes/restaurants, two convenience stores and 2,000 square metres of office space. These plans have been scaled down from the planned £20 million development proposed in 2007.[78] Derby County CEO Tom Glick, said that these plans would help the club deal with the new Financial Fair Play regulations which will be introduced in the Football League from 2012, as revenue from the Plaza will be reinvested back into the club.[77]

This planned development also coincides with a plan from the City Council to build a multi-use sports arena on the same site as the proposed Plaza.[78]

On 12 January 2012, Derby City Council's Planning Control Committee gave planning permission for the development,[79] Derby County Chief Executive Tom Glick stated the club had moved the next stage of the development, finding a development company to build the plaza.[79]

Doncaster Rovers[edit]

  • Current stadium status: New.

In December 2006 the Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster held its first sporting fixture. even though it did not have its official opening until August 2007 when they played Manchester United in a pre-season friendly.

Huddersfield Town[edit]

  • Current Stadium status: New.

Huddersfield Town's John Smith's Stadium, was opened as the McAlpine Stadium in 1994. Initially 3 stands were available but eventually the 2 tiered North Stand was completed to leave an all seater stadium with a capacity of 24,500. The Stadium complex includes fitness and leisure facilities built behind the North Stand with gymnasium, swimming pool and hotel facilities and offices. The venture was a tri-partide one with Huddersfield Town, Huddersfield Giants Rugby league club and Kirklees Metropolitan Council being shareholders in a 40:20:40 ratio with a company called KSDL. After Huddersfield Town went into administration the 40% shares were bought for £2 by Rugby League Chairman and owner Ken Davy, and transferred into his own private company Huddersfield Sporting Pride which holds 60% ownership of the Stadium complex at present.

There are current plans for significant construction work around the Stadium which would provide Hotels, Shops, a Riverside leisure facility, bars and restaurants opposite the Stadium and on the Golf driving range site and either side of the river. The project, HDOne, would provide ongoing and significant income streams to KSDL, the company which runs and owns the stadium. There is potential for further expansion of the capacity by adding a 2nd tier to the East Stand but no plans are being considered as yet. The North Stand Lower Tier remains as a temporary seating area to facilitate any rock concerts that could be held at the Stadium. However there haven't been any in recent years and there is hope that a permanent stand will be constructed here as a standing terrace for home fans.

Ipswich Town[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

Ipswich have plans to modernise Portman Road stadium should they be promoted back to the Premier League, via 'Project Leap'. This would involve the area for the 3000 seats needed for Premier League away teams, as the current area for away fans is not big enough, and would mean expanding into premium season ticket holders seating.[80]

Leeds United[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

At one point, while flying high in Europe, Leeds were examining a potential move to a new 67,000-seat stadium in nearby Stourton, while there were also plans to redevelop Elland Road as a 60,000-seat "Wembley of the North".[81][82] Following the club's collapse into administration and dropping down two divisions, the sum of Leeds stadium ambitions at the present is simply to regain ownership of Elland Road, which had to be sold to offset debts.[83]

The current stadium has been all-seater since 1994, when the Kop (now the Don Revie Stand) was refurbished. The most significant recent development took place in 1992–93, when the 17,000 seat East Stand was built, on the old Lowfields Road end, pushing capacity a little under 40,000.

There are now plans to redevelop the land around Elland Road with a shopping arcade, new club megastore, two hotels, a casino. There are also plans to increase the seating capacity to 50,000-65,000 by rebuilding the West (John Charles) Stand and making it identical to the current East Stand should Leeds United return to the Premier League within the near future.

Leicester City[edit]

  • Current stadium status: New.

Leicester have plans to extend the King Power Stadium if they reach the Premier League and begin to settle there. The stadium plans could possibly extend the south, north or east stand into a 2 tier stadium, bringing the final capacity to around 40-45,000 seats.

The club have played at their 32,500-seat stadium since relocating from nearby Filbert Street in 2002. They had spent 111 years at Filbert Street and converted it into an all-seater format in 1993 with the construction of one new stand and the refurbishment of the three others, but a run of success in the top flight prompted demand for tickets vastly outstripping supply, and the stadium's confined location made expansion difficult, so by 1998 the decision was made to build a new stadium.

Middlesbrough[edit]

  • Current stadium status: New.

Currently Middlesbrough F.C. appear happy with the size of their 35,000 seat Riverside Stadium, with average crowds well below the current limit. However they have planning permission to expand by another 7,000 seats.[84] If England had been successful in bidding to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the expansion would have been likely to occur to ensure consideration as a World Cup venue.[85] Middlesbrough have played at the Riverside since 1995, when they moved from Ayresome Park in the first relocation of a top division club's stadium for 72 years. The stadium took a mere 32 weeks to build and the relocation decision was only made public just over a year before the stadium was opened.

Nottingham Forest[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

Nottingham Forest currently play at the 30,602 capacity City Ground. The club had plans to move into a 50,000 seat new stadium in the Clifton area of the city.[86] The club is unlikely to move to Clifton as it initially announced, Nottingham City Council is in favour of a location closer to the city centre. There have also been plans for the Main Stand (the oldest part of the ground) to be rebuilt, but nothing definite has yet been confirmed.[87]

QPR[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

Queens Park Rangers have long harboured ambitions of playing in a larger stadium.[88] This will either be done by expanding their existing Loftus Road ground from its current 19,000 all-seater capacity or by locating to a new stadium elsewhere in West London, with a ground share in White City with Fulham commonly mentioned.[89] QPR achieved promotion to the Premier League in 2011, and owner Tony Fernandes announced in November 2011 that the club were looking for sites in west London to build a new stadium, with a capcacity in the region of 40,000.[90]

Reading[edit]

  • Current stadium status: New.

Reading announced plans for the expansion of the Madejski Stadium.[91] The proposal involves increasing the stadium to 38,000 seats by expanding all stands except the West Stand, and rebuilding the roof.[92] These plans were dependent on Reading staying in the Premiership.;[93] following relegation in 2008, the plans are uncertain. But since Reading were promoted back to the Premier League in 2012 after winning the Championship the plans look to be on as new owner Anton Zingarevich said he would extend the stadium if Reading stay in the Premier League after their first season back. A new railway station Reading GreenPark was opening near to the ground,[94] but was later cancelled.[95]

The Madejski Stadium was opened in 1998, having first been proposed in 1994 as Reading climbed up the league and construction of an all-seater stadium was necessary. Elm Park was deemed unsuitable for renovation due to its confined location and the ambitions of chairman John Madejski to establish Reading in the top flight, so the decision to build a new stadium was made.

Sheffield Wednesday[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

Sheffield Wednesday announced in the summer of 2009 plans for a £22m upgrade of the stadium and an increase in capacity to 44,825 with no viewing restrictions. These plans will be completed by 2013 and will bring the stadium up to FIFA standards for hosting World Cup matches.

To remove any viewing restrictions the current pillars that support the roof of the Kop and West Stand will be removed. An 'iconic' roof structure will support the Kop's roof while the West Stand will have a completely new roof. The North West Terrace will get a roof and a corner of seating will be added between the Kop and North Stand with a roof. The current layout of tiers on the West Stand will be radically changed and a new tier of seats will be added as well as a 'new specific learning zone' between the new upper tier and present upper tier. The mega-store and gymnasium behind the North Stand will be demolished and the North Stand will be expanded to create the 'biggest classroom in Europe' as well as 'enterprise zones' and 17 boxes. The South Stand floor plan and stadium surroundings will be improved to comply with FIFA requirements. Stadium parking and access will be improved as will the exterior appearance of all stands.[96]

Hillsborough became all-seated for the start of the 1993–94 season when the Kop and North West Corner were both seated. The Leppings Lane terrace was seated for the start of the 1991–92 season - just over two years since the disaster which occurred on it.

Watford[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

Watford play their home games at the 17,477 seater Vicarage Road Stadium. In 2007, the club announced renovation work to the stadium, including a new stand, the filling in of two corners with media centres, and a new dugout/changing room area. The £32.5 million development will also include key worker housing to the rear of the Rookery Stand, primarily for workers at adjacent Watford General Hospital.[97]

In September 2013, the clubs CEO Scott Duxbury announced that the East Stand would be demolished and replaced with a 3,000 seater stand during the 2013–14 season.[98]

League One[edit]

Brentford[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

Brentford F.C. are hoping to move to a new 20,000-capacity stadium in nearby Kew Bridge.[99] After several years of effort, the club announced in December 2007 that they had been given an option on the site at Lionel Road,[100] and announced two months later a link-up with property developer Barratt Homes to develop the site.[101] The proposed move is strongly backed by fans, particularly as it will keep them in the London Borough of Hounslow. The new stadium may be shared with a professional rugby club.

At one point, it was reported that the club would increase the capacity of their existing Griffin Park ground from 12,500 to 17,000, but those plans now appear to be on hold in relation to the new stadium.In 2014 the club announced that planning permission had been granted for the new stadium.The expected opening date is 2016[102]

Bristol City[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

On 29 November 2007 it was announced that after over 100 years at Ashton Gate, Bristol City would be moving to a new stadium in South Bristol.[103] This proposed new stadium will have a capacity of 30,000 seats. Ashton Gate currently holds more than 21,000 all-seated spectators and has done since the mid-1990s, as the initial plan was to upgrade the existing stadium rather than relocate to a new site. As of February 2012 the project is being delayed by legal rows in the High Court.[104] As and alternative, it was announced that plans have been drawn up for the reconstruction of Ashton Gate. A planning application has been submitted to Bristol City Council, and positive decision is expected in late November, with opposition understood to be far less than it is towards the Ashton Vale project. This would leave Bristol City board to chose between proceeding with Ashton Vale legal proceedings, or to start the rebuild of Ashton Gate. The rebuild would have a capacity of around 27,000. It would involve the renovation of the Atyeo Stand interior, a total renovation of the Dolman Stand, rebuilding the Wedlock stand to the same height as the Dolman Stand, and rebuilding the Williams stand to make it the taller than all other stands. In February 2014 the club finally announced that the Ashton Vale stadium development has been cancelled and they will redevelop Ashton Gate with the introduction of safe standing for the first time at any football stadium in the UK pending approval.

Colchester United[edit]

  • Current stadium status: New.

Colchester United took possession of a new stadium, funded by the local council, in July 2008.[105] The Colchester Community Stadium cost £16 million to build and has a capacity of 10,000 seats. There is potential for future expansion to 18,000.[106]

Coventry City[edit]

  • Current stadium status: New.

Coventry City moved to the 32,500 seater Ricoh Arena in 2005,[107] leaving their historic home Highfield Road which was the first all-seater ground in England. Coventry had long planned a move to a purpose-built 45,000-seat stadium, with original suggestions including a retractable roof and pitch à la Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem. Coventry had even hoped to become the home of the new national stadium, joining Birmingham and London in the race to be the new Wembley, but were unsuccessful in their bid. The Ricoh Arena includes a vast exhibition centre built onto the main stand. Despite a slight increase in attendance figures since moving from Highfield Road, Coventry City's continued failure to regain their place among the upper echelons of the League structure means there are always many empty seats at the Ricoh Arena.

A long-winded saga involving unpaid rent stretching back to August 2012[108] resulted in the club being "locked out" of the Ricoh Arena in May 2013.[109] In response, the club announced that they planned to build a new stadium and move out of the Ricoh Arena.[110]

Crawley Town[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

Crawley Town expanded Broadfield Stadium in 2012 by rebuilding the East Stand, increasing capacity at the stadium by 2,151 and constructing new turnstile blocks, toilets and concession areas as well as improved floodlighting.[111] and Crawley Town Football Club also have new plans to construct a bigger and better stadium with a larger capacity in the nearby area known as Bewbush within the town.

Crewe Alexandra F.C.[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

Crewe Alexandra are hoping to expand their stadium, Alexandra Stadium to 16,700. However, Crewe are looking for benefactors to donate funding for the project. With this money, the 3 smaller stands will all have 2 tiers, each holding another 2,000-2,500 spectators each. Also, a new interactive score board will be placed at the stadium above the Wulvern Housing stand.

Gillingham[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

Priestfield Stadium has been entirely rebuilt since 1997, but Gillingham chairman Paul Scally has made clear his intention of moving to a new stadium, despite Gillingham dropping from the Championship to League Two since 2005.[112] Although the club have since bounced back to League One, and subsequently being relegated back into League Two the following season, the chairman has announced plans for a new stadium are on hold due to the current financial climate. In 2012 the club announced plans to build a 15-18,000 seater stadium at the Mill Hill site off of Yokusuka Way. Also on the 40 acre complex would be a supermarket, a hotel, a tennis academy, fast food restaurants, a nursery and a fitness centre.[113]

Milton Keynes Dons[edit]

  • Current stadium status: New.

Milton Keynes Dons opened their Stadium:mk home in 2007. Capacity is currently 22,000 and plans are to expand to 32,000 as MK Dons build a larger fan base in the town.[114] Plans are now in place to increase the capacity between 46,000 - 55,000 seats but with England's failure to win the bidding for the 2018 FIFA World Cup any improvements to increase the stadium's attendance would be dependent on promotion to the Premier League at least.[115] In November 2011, MK Dons announced that they will expand Stadium mk to 32,000 [116] for the 2012–13 season. However, it was only at the end of the season that development began on the upper tier seating.

Oldham Athletic[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

Oldham Athletic are currently planning a move to a new 12,000 capacity stadium in Failsworth, on the site of the Lancaster Club. The site is currently designated as having charitable trust status, but in June 2010 the Charity Commission for England and Wales agreed to Oldham council's request for the designation to be swapped with other land in the borough, in order that the site could be developed for a stadium. The next step is for a public consultation on the alternative replacement community sites.[117]

Plans to redevelop Boundary Park, starting with the Broadway Stand, were scrapped in on 5 September 2008, after Simon Blitz told podcast World Soccer Daily that although Oldham still plan to continue the development of Boundary Park and surrounding areas, the plans are on hold for now because of the financial crisis of 2007–2010 and the subsequent downturn in the UK property market. This was despite the Broadway Stand already being demolished.

Boundary Park has been all-seater since the mid-1990s, though the improvements were very much a task of refurbishment rather than reconstruction. The only reconstruction happened at the Rochdale Road End of the ground where the old traditional open terrace was replaced by a new all seated ground. The Chaddy End at the other end simply had seats bolted onto the terrace, whilst the main stand and Broadway Stand (now demolished) had seats added to the lower tiers of the stand.

Peterborough United[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

Peterborough United have played at London Road since 1934, although due to its age and the fact that it has terracing the club are considering options to move. A number of alternative sites have been put forward in Peterborough council's January 2009 Area Action Plan for the City Centre Area.[118] This document's consultation period has now closed and thus the publication of the final AAP is awaited for more information on preferred sites for a new stadium.

At the end of October during the 2012–13 season, demolition of the away terrace (Moyes End) will commence. This making way for a new all seater stand, but leaving visiting supporters with only 3–4 thousand seats for the remainder of the 2012–13 season.

Preston North End[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

Preston NE completed its Invincibles Stand in 2008. Deepdale's capacity is 24,000.[119] The quadrants could possibly be linked to create a larger bowl configuration of 30,000.

Rotherham United[edit]

  • Current stadium status: New.

In 2008 Rotherham United expressed dissatisfaction with their Millmoor home[120] and began to look into the construction of a new stadium in the town.[121] At the start of the 2008–09 season Rotherham United temporarily moved to the Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield due to ownership disputes over Millmoor.[122] The Football League told the club that they must return to Rotherham by 2012[123] which they have done.

The club moved to the 12,000 capacity New York Stadium, which opened in July 2012.[124]

Sheffield United[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

Sheffield United are keen to build up their non-football related income. In light of this, the club have built a new four-star hotel at the complex. In addition the Kop Stand is to be redeveloped and expanded by 3,000, and when the club are promoted back to the Premier League, the South Stand would be increased by 4,000, to take total capacity to just over 40,000. Plans to then further the capacity of Bramall Lane to 45,000 were granted permission in October 2009.

Bramall Lane became all-seater in the mid-1990s after the completion of two new stands and the refurbishment of two existing stands.

Shrewsbury Town[edit]

  • Current stadium status: New.

Shrewsbury Town moved to the New Meadow in Summer 2007.[125] In November 2007 the club announced that the New Meadow would be expanded by filling in the corners between the Roland Wycherley Stand, South Stand and West Stand, bringing the overall capacity up to 12,500. Work was hoped to commence summer 2008, however, plans were put on hold to concentrate on events on field.[126]

Tranmere Rovers[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

Tranmere Rovers originally had plans to expand Prenton Park's capacity to 30,000 should the club have reached the Premier League. With this now looking unlikely, the club are looking to replace their ageing Main Stand for a more modern structure.[127]

Tranmere have been linked with a new stadium as part of the £4.5 Billion "Wirral Waters" Scheme, That has recently been given the go ahead. The capacity may be lowered from the current Prenton Park due to dwindling attendances.[citation needed]

Walsall[edit]

  • Current stadium status: New.

Walsall F.C. have announced they have gained planning permission to rebuild the William Sharp End, adding an extra 2,300 seats and raising overall capacity at the Bescot Stadium to 13,500.[128]

Bescot Stadium was opened in 1990 to replace nearby Fellows Park, and originally had a capacity of just under 10,000, of which approximately two thirds was seated. The construction of a new all-seater stand on the site of the terraced section took place in 2002.

Wolverhampton Wanderers[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

Plans were announced in May 2010 to expand the capacity of Molineux by the 2014–15 season from 29,303 to 36,000, with work beginning at the end of the 2010–11 season on the renovation of the Stan Cullis Stand. This work is due to be completed at the end of the 2011–12 season, raising the stadium's capacity to approximately 31,700.[129] In January 2012 the club announced that the redevelopment of the Steve Bull Stand, which had been set to begin in 2012, had been postponed.[129] The Jack Harris Stand and Billy Wright Stand will also remain unchanged until the club indicates otherwise. With relegation to the Championship, plans will not be revived until a return to the Premiership. Three of the stadium's four stands were built in the early 1990s, while the first stand was built in 1979. On the new-look stadium's completion in 1993, it was one of the largest club stadiums in England but has since been eclipsed by many other clubs who have relocated to new stadiums or expanded their existing ones.

League Two[edit]

AFC Wimbledon[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

On their foundation in 2002, AFC Wimbledon moved in with Kingstonian at Kingsmeadow, purchasing the ground.[130] They do have long term plans to relocate the club to the London Borough of Merton, the traditional home of Wimbledon F.C., from whom they originated. There was speculation that the club might try to purchase Wimbledon Stadium, currently used for greyhound racing, which was put up for sale in September 2007.[131]

Bristol Rovers[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

Bristol Rovers have gained planning permission to move into a 21,700 all seater stadium at the University of the West of England's Frenchay campus, on the outskirts of Bristol.[132] UWE Stadium will replace the club's current Memorial Stadium home which will be demolished and sold to Sainsbury's who have planning permission to build a new store on the site.[133] The sale of the Memorial Stadium to Sainsbury's will part fund the UWE Stadium project. Construction has been held up by a judicial review into the Sainsbury's planning application which was held in March 2013.[134] The review was rejected by Mr Justice Hickinbottom, pending appeal.[135] Bristol Rovers chairman Nick Higgs hopes that, despite the delays, the stadium will be ready in time for the 2015–16 season.[136]

Cheltenham Town[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

In 2008, plans to build a new 10,000 seater stadium Cheltenham Racecourse were mooted.[137] In September 2011 things were said by Edward Gillespie to be "moving forward".[138] However, by December these plans had been shelved.[139]

In March 2012 the club announced that they plan to redevelop their existing Whaddon Road stadium by building a new 3,000 capacity stand.[140]

Chesterfield[edit]

  • Current stadium status: New.

Chesterfield were looking to move out of their dated Saltergate ground for several years in other locations around the town before planning permission was granted at the former Dema glassworks in July 2008.[141] The new ground opened in 2010 and was called, for sponsorship reasons, the b2net Stadium. In 2012 after the purchase of b2net by Swedish company Proact the stadium name changed to its current name, the Proact Stadium.[142] The ground has a capacity of 10,504 all seated and was built at a cost of £13,000,000. The stadium was designed to be easily expanded in the future.

Fleetwood Town[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

Fleetwood Town have invested heavily in Highbury Stadium recently following many promotions and increased attendances in recent years. In February 2007 the new Percy Ronson Stand was opened. A £500,000-plus development the stand is all terracing, and holds 1,243. In July 2007, further plans for the stadium development were announced which included three new stands. The plans were finalized in December 2007 and in March 2008, planning permission was given for the first phase, construction of the north and west terraces. Construction began in May 2008, and was completed for the start of the 2008–09 season. In May 2010, a couple of days before Fleetwood's playoff final at the stadium work began on the new west stand. The stadium was completed in Spring 2011 and opened on 16 April 2011 for Fleetwood's game against Altrincham F.C., which they won 3–1. The stadium's capacity is now 5,500; it is the 118th largest stadium by capacity in England and the sixteenth largest in their league.[143]

Morecambe[edit]

  • Current stadium status: New.

Morecambe moved from its previous ground at Christie Park to The Globe Arena at the start of the 2010–11 season.[144] The ground has a capacity of 6000, comprising 2000 seats and 4000 standing spaces.[144]

Oxford United[edit]

  • Current stadium status: New.

Oxford United have plans to purchase the Kassam Stadium and to build a fourth side to it. Now that they have regained Football League status and attendances rise to sufficiently justify it, this is increasingly likely.[145][146] The stadium was first planned in 1995 and construction began in 1997, but financial difficulties saw construction suspended shortly after it begin, and the relocation from the dilapidated Manor Ground was not completed until 2001. By then, two relegations in three seasons had dragged the club from Division One to Division Three, coinciding with a fall in attendances, and this was the reason for the stadium initially only having three sides incorporating 12,500 seats. The planned fourth stand would take the capacity to around 16,000.

Plymouth Argyle[edit]

  • Current stadium status: In Construction.

Home Park has seen large scale changes to the ground in recent years. The first stage of reconstruction at the ground took place in 2001, with the replacement of 3 stands with an all-seater horseshoe-shaped stand. Following the construction, the club then planned to rebuild the main grandstand. This initially did not materialize, and following the financial crisis at the club in 2010 and 2011, future stadium plans were put on hold.

After Plymouth Argyle went into administration, the club was taken over by local business owner James Brent, and fresh plans for a new Mayflower Grandstand were submitted to Plymouth City Council. The plans included the stand itself, as well as a new 1500 seat capacity ice rink, 10 screen cinema and a hotel. The plans received planning permission on August 15, 2013, with Brent suggesting that development could begin immediately. The old grandstand is planned to be demolished in late October 2013.

Portsmouth[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

Portsmouth had the smallest stadium in the Premier League during the 2007–08 season. The board planned to remedy this by rebuilding Fratton Park turning the pitch round 90 degrees. This was then abandoned in favour of a 35,000 'Pompey Village' plan, and then superseded by the ambitious proposal ship-like Portsmouth Dockland Stadium which was planned to hold 36,000 seated spectators, hoping to have ready in 2011.[147] However it has been revealed that Portsmouth F.C. are now preparing to build a 36,000 seater stadium at Horsea Island [148]

Portsmouth have been considering relocation since the early 1990s, but had upgraded their stadium to an all-seater capacity as a short-term measure. In May 2009 all stadium relocation plans were put on hold. The club are looking to expand the current Fratton Park stadium by going back to its original plan of turning it around and increasing capacity to 30,000.[149] However administration and further relegation, means Fratton Park will remain in its same state until the club clear the balance sheet.

Port Vale[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

Port Vale's Vale Park saw the Lorne Street stand demolished in 1998, and work began on a £3 million all-seater replacement. However as funds ran out, and with the overall capacity of 19,052 already more than adequate, as of March 2011 the stand remains half completed. Plans to install under-soil heating have also not advanced past the planning stage.

Southend United[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

Because Roots Hall is difficult to expand, Southend United have committed to moving to a new home at Fossetts Farm which will have 22,000 seats. The development proposal was finally given full approval by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in July 2008.[150] Following delays associated with obtaining the necessary funds, minor changes to the scheme were submitted to and approved by the council. However, by summer 2010, work has yet to commence on the new site as the club continued to suffer from huge financial difficulties. Although supermarket chain Sainsbury's, who intend to build a new hypermarket complex on the Roots Hall site, reached a deal with the club's owners to loan suitable capital to continue its operation, including supplying the cash that allowed the club to avoid several winding-up applications during 2010, there is still no firm date set for the beginning of construction.[151]

Wycombe Wanderers[edit]

  • Current stadium status: New.

In 2007 it was announced that Wycombe Wanderers in partnership with London Wasps were looking to build a new 20,000 capacity ground in High Wycombe to replace the current Adams Park (only built in 1990 to replace Loakes Park) where the capacity is capped, and further expansion is not possible.[152][153]

York City[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

At one point York City were investigating improving Bootham Crescent, but have now switched their plans to the construction of a new stadium to be shared with the York City Knights rugby club.[154]

Conference National[edit]

A.F.C. Telford[edit]

  • Current stadium status: New.

A.F.C. Telford United play at the New Bucks Head It was originally built for Telford United to play at before they went bankrupt. The stadium is on the same site as the original Bucks Head, which had been home to Telford United and Wellington Town for over a century. The stadium was completed in 2003, and has a capacity of 6,300. It is covered on three out of four sides. The stadium lease and assets are currently held by Telford and Wrekin Council, completed in 2003 and was the 111th largest football stadium in England.

Barnet[edit]

  • "Current stadium status": In Construction

Barnet will move to a new stadium at the club's training ground, The Hive, for the 2013–14 season.

Barrow[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

Barrow A.F.C. are investigating building a new stadium in the Docklands section of the town, which would be shared with the Barrow Raiders rugby league side.[155][156]

Braintree Town[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

Braintree Town F.C. unveiled plans for a new 6,000 capacity stadium at Panfield Lane in March 2012 with club chairman Lee Harding indicating they anticipate it being ready in time for the start of the 2016–17 season.[157] In the mean time the club is redeveloping the Quag End of their existing Cressing Road ground to bring it up to Conference National standards.[158]

Cambridge United[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

Cambridge United had been investigating the possibility of improving their Abbey Stadium home, but have abandoned redeveloping the stadium, and are instead proposing a move to a 10,000 capacity stadium and sporting village in one of two new sites. The first proposed site is named NIAB2 - located on land between Huntingdon Road and Histon Road - while the second and favoured option is located south of the city in Trumpington.[159]

Grimsby Town[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

The club is hoping to relocate to a new ground on the western outskirts of Grimsby at Great Coates, adjacent to the A180 dual carriageway. Planning permission has been granted for the provisionally-titled Conoco Stadium, and if all goes to plan this will be ready for the 2010–11 season, about a decade after relocation was first planned[160] Blundell Park is the lowest football stadium in the United Kingdom, at a height of only 2 feet above sea-level. While not in immediate danger from rising tides, it is prudent for Grimsby Town to pursue a move to higher ground.[161]

Hereford United[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

The terraced Blackfriars Street End at Edgar Street was closed in 2009 after failing a safety inspection. The club now plan to build a 1,600 seater stand in its place, bringing capacity up to 7,650.[162][not in citation given]

Kettering Town[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

Kettering have aspirations to move to a new stadium somewhere in the borough, with problems lying in securing funding and securing the lease on current ground, Rockingham Road. Chairman Imraan Ladak insisted plans were on track, with a site identified and potential funding sourced, however in 2011 Kettering Town moved to Nene Park, former home of rivals Rushden & Diamonds.

Luton Town[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

The club were planning to move to a 20,000 seat stadium near the M1, outside of Luton,[163] but these plans have been delayed because of the club's financial difficulties. The club has been intending to move since the 1950s, when it was proposed to build a 50,000 seater stadium in the Lewsey Park area of the town. More recently, relocation has been in the pipeline since the early 1990s. Firstly, it was intended to move to the Kohlerdome, named after David Kohler, an indoor stadium seating 20,000. This was blocked at planning permission due to issues surrounding improvements at the nearby junction 10 of the M1 motorway. An appeal against the decision was unsuccessful.[164] In 2001, land was bought in order to build a new stadium,[165] and in 2003 the club's commitment to the 15,000 seat stadium project was reiterated.[166] However the plans were cancelled in 2005, reportedly due to London Luton Airport's attempt to expand in the area;[167] the airport denied this was the case.[168] This prompted the club to propose a 20,000-seater stadium development to be built outside the town's boundaries, near the villages of Harlington and Toddington, near junction 12 of the M1.[167][168] Fierce opposition by the fans and the eventually slide into administration saw these plans evaporate.[citation needed] Kenilworth Road was converted to all-seater capacity of around 10,200 following the clubs promotion into the Championship in 2005, and in October 2012 the club announced their intention to add more seats to two stands.[169]

Stockport County[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

Edgeley Park has been under discussion for redevelopment of the away end, called the Railway End, as they planned to add an extra tier and roof to the stand. However due to land behind the stadium being owned by the council, who are currently not willing to sell the land, these plans have been put on hold. Another plan was to build the Popular side and add another tier with executive boxes, but all these plans have been put on hold.

The stadium achieved an 11,000-seat capacity in the late 1990s, when the club was playing in Division One. At one stage there were plans for County to relocate to Maine Road once Manchester City vacated it in 2003,[170] but these plans were scrapped and Maine Road has since been demolished.[171]

Conference North[edit]

Bradford Park Avenue[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

Bradford Park Avenue had been planning to leave their current Horsfall Stadium for the redeveloped Grattan Stadium, which would be shared with Bradford Bulls. With this redevelopment being continually delayed, through, Avenue are now planning to build a new 20,000 capacity stadium in South Leeds.[172]

Gainsborough Trinity[edit]

In November 2009, Trinity chairman Peter Swann announced that he intends to build a new 4,000 seat stadium for the club.[173] The club was hopeful that the new stadium will be open for the beginning of the 2013–14 season,[174] however, in September 2012, Swann announced that the plans will be cancelled, due to his ill health.[175] The current plan is for Swann to buy the stadium from current owners the Blues Club, and spend £500,000 improving it.[176] As of 27 December 2012, talks are ongoing.[177]

Gloucester City[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

Gloucester City are currently groundsharing with Cheltenham Town at the Abbey Business stadium (Whaddon Road) in Cheltenham following the flooding of their Meadow Park stadium in 2007. Gloucester spent one season groundsharing with Forest Green Rovers at The New Lawn in Nailsworth and in Cirencester. The club now look set for a return to their old ground at Meadow Park in Gloucester. Currently scaled down plans are going through the council.[citation needed]

Halifax Town[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

Halifax had at one point been planning further ground improvements to The Shay, increasing the Main Stand to take capacity to over 10,000. Financial difficulties meant that development had to put on hold for the foreseeable future, leaving the Main Stand half-finished.[178]

With the club resurrected as FC Halifax Town in the Northern Premier League First Division (North), the Main Stand was completed in March 2010.

Histon[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

Histon are rebuilding the Bridge Road End, bringing the seating capacity of the stadium up to 1700 and the overall capacity of their Glassworld Stadium to over 4000.[179]

Solihull Moors[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

Solihull Moors have secured a ground share agreement at their Damson Park home with Birmingham & Solihull R.F.C., home to professional rugby union side, the Bees. The clubs have submitted (Nov08) planning applications for facility and ground improvements which will see the Borough of Solihull offered a centre of excellence and a Community Foundation which will benefit its own populace and beyond. Solihull Moors were founded in 2007 by a merger of local sides Moor Green and Solihull Borough.

Worcester City[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

Worcester City are planning to move to a new stadium, leaving St George's Lane after more than a century. They have entered into an agreement with developers St Mowden to construct a new 6000 seat stadium at Nunnery Way.[180]

Workington[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

Following their recent rise in status, Workington are redeveloping their Borough Park home, to comply with FA regulations.[181] The ground formerly played host to league football until the club's relegation in 1977.

Conference South[edit]

Bath City[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

Bath City F.C. had plans to move from Twerton Park to join with Bath Rugby at The Rec which has a capacity of 10,600. There are long term plans at the club to find a new home.

Sutton United[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

Sutton United's ground, the Borough Sports Ground, has a rather distant terrace at the east end,[182] and the club hope to bring the terrace much closer to the goal, along with several other improvements to the clubhouse.[183]

Truro City[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

As part of their strategy to become the first Cornish side to gain League status, Truro City F.C. have plans to build a new Stadium for Cornwall at a new site to the north of the city at Pencoose Farm, Kenwyn[184] which will include a 16,000 all seater stadium, sports bar, training facilities and a youth academy.[185]

Other Non-League[edit]

A.F.C. Fylde[edit]

  • Current stadium status: New.

A.F.C. Fylde moved to their current ground, Kellamergh Park, in 2006 in order to meet the ground criteria for promotion to the North West Counties Football League. On 19 January 2008 the club announced plans for a further move to yet another new stadium at an unnamed 26-acre (110,000 m2) site.[186]

In February 2010 a Charitable Trust called the Haythornthwaite Sports Foundation unveiled plans for a new Community Sports Complex at Greenlands Farm which will comprise Indoor and outdoor Sports Facilities catering for local junior football, cricket and other sports plus a new home for AFC Fylde with an initial capacity of 1400. Public Consultations took place in Feb 2010 with further announcements expected in Summer 2010.

Aylesbury United[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

Aylesbury United have been ground sharing with Chesham United and currently with Leighton Town since their eviction from Buckingham Road in 2006. There are plans to move into a new 10,000 seat stadium if plans to build a sports village are approved.[187]

Cambridge City[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

The club face a potential eviction from their City Ground home in 2010. Their long term future regarding a new stadium is unclear, and it is possible they may be forced to share with their cross-city rivals, Cambridge United at the Abbey Stadium or relocate to another settlement on a temporary basis.

FC United of Manchester[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Under Construction.

Since the club's formation in 2005, F.C. United have not had their own home ground. Instead, they share a ground with Bury F.C., using their Gigg Lane ground.

In March 2010, the club announced plans to build their own 5,000-capacity football ground in Newton Heath, the original home of Manchester United. Manchester City Council initially approved, but within a year had backed out from funding the stadium. The council pledged to help FC United build a stadium in a new location with reduced costs,[188] and the alternative site was announced in April 2011 in the Broadhurst Park area of Moston, Manchester.[189] After many delays due to legal challenges by a small number of residents, work finally got underway in November 2013. The club hopes to be playing at Broadhurst Park for the start of the 2014–15 season.

Grays Athletic[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

Grays Athletic had plans to redevelop the New Recreation Ground to facilitate entry into the football league.[190] The club are now seeking to pursue the construction of a new stadium. It is proposed they will ground share with another club while the new arena is built.[191] However it was announced on 12 April 2008 that Grays Athletic plan to move to a new stadium in Aveley, Thurrock.

Maidstone United[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

The club that re-formed following the dissolution of the original Maidstone United played at Sittingbourne, while constructing a new stadium at James Whatman Way. The new stadium (named the Gallagher Stadium) opened in July 2012 and has a capacity of 2,500 with 450 seats.

Matlock Town[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

Matlock are in process of rebuilding the North Stand, to bring the stadium capacity up to 2,757, from the previous 2,214 capacity .

St Albans City[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

In 2006 the chairman of the club threatened to move them out of St Albans if the council wouldn't back plans to build a new 10,000 stadium on Green Belt land on the outskirts of St Albans.[192] Little has been of the proposition since, and the current Clarence Park has been given a superficial makeover.

St Helens Town[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Proposed.

St Helens Town F.C. currently share Brocstedes Park with Ashton Town F.C., and may return to the town to a stadium to be built as part of the redevelopment of the Ruskin Drive sports complex.

Warrington Town[edit]

  • Current stadium status: New.

Warrington Town announced plans to move from Cantilever Park to a new 5,000-6,000 all-seater stadium at the new Omega Development site next to the M62 near Burtonwood.[193]

Weymouth[edit]

  • Current stadium status: Reconstructed.

On 27 August 2008, Weymouth F.C. outlined plans to construct a new 6,000 all-seater stadium, hoped to be open by 2012 when the area hosts sailing events during the London Olympics. A large part of the cost would be offset by the sale and redevelopment of the existing Wessex Stadium.[194]

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