AFC Bournemouth chief executive Neill Blake has reiterated the Cherries desire to build a new stadium within Kings Park.
The statement came as the Cherries applied to Bournemouth Borough Council for a new planning approval for the South Stand to remain in place at the current Dean Court ground.
The temporary south stand was initially built in 2013 following promotion from the third tier of English football, with a two year life span.
But following promotion to the Premier League in 2015, the stand remained in place, but the latest permission is set to expire.
As recently as November 2016, the Cherries held a desire to build a larger stand on that area of the ground, however this idea was later scrapped following a dispute over the purchase of the ground from landlords Structadene.
In December 2016, the Cherries announced plans to look for a site for a new stadium and in July 2017 AFC Bournemouth announced plans to build a new stadium in Kings Park.
In September 2017 AFC Bournemouth announced that Stadimax were set to conduct market research into supporters` requirements for the club`s proposed new stadium.
AFC Bournemouth chief executive Neill Blake told afcb.co.uk…
“The South Stand has been an important part of the club`s growth over the last five years,”
“Our home fixtures, both in the Premier League and cup competitions, sell out and it is crucial that we keep the South Stand in place, to allow as many supporters as possible to continue watching the team.
“This application has no impact on our intention to build a new stadium within Kings Park.”
Tinpot Club wrote…
I think I was angry at the time about the extension not going ahead but in hindsight it made little sense. The time it`d take to build and the cost for a very small increase in capacity wouldn`t have been worth it if a new stadium is in the pipeline.
Would be interesting to know the cost and timeframe of taking down Ted Mac Mark I and building Ted Mac Mark II. Something like Gillingham`s but with a roof! – Join the conversation here.
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