The future landscape of football in the United Kingdom is set to change throughout 2020 as the next generation of stadiums near completion. While some are large impressive modern structures built for the masses, others are smaller, ultimately how they are received will be up to the fans once they open.
While there is a large number of projects on the go and several others under development, news of newly constructed venues has been met with much fanfare. This is not only within each respective community but with the football community as well, and that includes the many online sportsbooks such as those who advertise with leading websites like Efirbet, a website dedicated to providing useful information relating to betting strategies. As excitement builds, it is well worth looking at a closer look at the several of those anticipated to open in the coming months ahead.
The Riverside Stand at Craven Cottage will provide seating for almost 9,000 and will feature an upper and lower tier. In addition to the new capacity, it will include meeting facilities, bars and restaurants, multiple flats and a walkway by the riverside. When completed, it will increase Craven Cottage’s capacity to 29,600, however until the lower tiers completion during this season, capacity will remain at 21,000. The construction of the two new tiers is being carried out by The Buckingham Group. This vendor is well known for its massive project and in June 2019 was appointed by the UK Government to build the Chipping Warden Relief Road - a priority task with key impact on the whole of Britain. This is also the same group who constructed Brighton’s Amex Stadium among others. The new stadium will be home for the Fulham Football Club for future generations, and with its location beside the River Thames, it is the location to provide a variety of uses.
Gloucester City FC
After being absent from their former stadium, Meadow Park for thirteen years, Gloucester City announced that beginning January 6th, it will begin constructing its new home on the grounds of Meadow Park. In the summer of 2007, the club had no choice but to leave their former home after devastating flooding decimated the stadium and grounds and move to the town of Evesham. It is estimated to be completed for the start of the 2020-2021 season and will include two stands that will seat 350 people each, sit 12 feet higher and be constructed of artificial grass.
After announcing that they will leave Dean Court, Bournemouth FC announced they would be building a new stadium with the capacity to seat 25,000. The announcement came in 2016 due to the club not owning Dean Court and their desire for long-term growth and a football club. Located in the area of Kings Park due to its pre-existing athletics stadium, the new stadium will include outdoor and indoor playing surfaces, fitness and medical facilities as well as a theatre for press conferences. It is the hope it will open for the 2020/2021 season, but it has not been confirmed if that date is to be extended.
York City FC
After multiple delays in the construction of the anticipated York Community Stadium, the club has confirmed it is expected that it will open in January of 2020. Designed with the capacity to seat 8,112 and located four miles outside of the city in Monks Cross, it is part of a larger complex that will include a leisure centre and a cinema. In addition to the leisure centre and cinema, it will feature hospitality and catering services, as well as offer a variety of community services such as an independent Living Assessment Centre.