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On this developments page are listed all the proposed new football stadiums and stands in the UK that I am aware of for the Premier League & Football League clubs in England and the rest of the UK.
Detailed guide to new UK football stadiums
The page is divided into: firstly, those developments (new builds, rebuilds, renovations) that have been recently opened or recently completed; secondly, those developments that are currently being built.
It then looks at those that are not far off (i.e. within a season or two, but plans are pretty well advanced). Finally, you can read about those that are on the radar (a bit further off in terms of time, but may well happen) and lastly, those where it's anyone's guess if the proposals will actually come to fruition.
This page is undergoing major updates to reflect the latest news from October 2023. For transparency, you'll find the date of the latest update at the end of each section. We're working our way from top to bottom!
Recently opened (since 2020)
Brentford – Brentford Community Stadium
The genesis for Brentford’s new stadium began in 2002 but it was not until 2017 that the club was able to start construction on the 17,250-seater stadium. After being in construction for almost three years, Brentford Community Stadium was officially opened on 1 September 2020. The stadium, which has been built at a cost of just over £70million, is a significant improvement from Griffin Park in terms of capacity and facilities. The ground is situated just a few hundred metres away from the Kew Bridge Station. (27/09/2023)
AFC Wimbledon – Plough Lane
Wimbledon made a return to the Plough Lane after the new stadium was officially opened on 3 November 2020. This new stadium, which cost just over £30 million, is built just a few hundred yards from the site where the original Plough Lane, which was the original home of Wimbledon FC for more than 80 years, stood. The construction on the new stadium started in 2015. It has a capacity of just over 9,000. The playing surface features a mixture of synthetic and real grass to create an incredible playing surface. (27/09/2023)
York City – York Community Stadium
York City first proposed a new stadium in 2009, planning permission was granted in March 2015 and work finally began on an 8,500-seater ground in December 2017 after several delays. The stadium took three years to construct and was thus completed in December 2020, although York City did not immediately play at the ground.
Their first match came on 16 February 2021 when York were beaten 3-1 by AFC Fylde. In 2022, the ground hosted both semi-finals of the 2021 Rugby League Women's World Cup.
The stadium has four stands and a capacity of 8,500. The Main Stand (East Stand) is three floors and includes hospitality, dressing rooms and media facilities. This stand is connected to the other facilities at the GLL-owned site, which includes community and retail facilities and a leisure complex, plus 400+ parking spots. The leisure complex includes a 25-metre, six-lane swimming pool, netball, badminton and basketball courts, a gym, dance studio and three 3G five-a-side pitches. As well as York City, the York Knights Rugby League Club call the new ground home. (27/09/2023)
Boston United – Jakemans Community Stadium
Boston United's impressive new ground opened its doors in December 2020. It took seven years for the club to complete the construction of this new 5,000-seater stadium, replacing their old York Street ground, at which they had played since 1933.
The Jakesman Community Stadium has an all-weather 3G pitch and other sporting facilities. For a non-league ground, it's a fantastic place with good attention to detail such as murals depicting the club's history inside the Main Stand. (27/09/2023)
Currently Being Built
Fulham – Riverside Stand, Craven Cottage
It's been slow progress on the banks of the River Thames for Fulham. In August 2023, the club provided the latest update on their rebuilding of the Riverside Stand, explaining that further delays have once again pushed back the intended opening date.
The rebuild of the stand began in 2019 and Fulham hoped to welcome fans back in for the start of the 2021/22 season. They then hoped to do so again for the 2023/24 season but have now revealed they expect the redevelopment to be finished for the 2024/25 campaign.
What will the stand look like? Well, it'll have a large capacity just under 9,000 with a smaller lower tier and an expansive upper tier. The development behind will also include restaurants, meeting facilities, bars, nine flats and a new riverside walkway behind it. Once completed it will raise the capacity of Craven Cottage to 29,600. However whilst the most major works took place, the capacity was restricted to 21,000.
The Buckingham Group were appointed as the contractors to construct the new stand but went into administration in the summer of 2023, delaying works at both Craven Cottage and fellow Premier League ground, Anfield. The Buckingham Group have been responsible in the past for building Brighton's Amex Stadium and stands at Cardiff City and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Fans can already sit and stand in the Riverside Stand, it's just not fully completed yet.
Fulham recently said: “For the 2023-24 season, the ground floor internal and external concourses are available to all Riverside Stand ticket holders whilst these areas continue to be developed and completed during the 2024 close season.” (27/09/2023)
Everton – The Everton Stadium
The Everton Stadium is set to be completed midway through the 2024/25 season. It is not yet decided whether the Toffees will move into their new home midway through that season, or wait until the start of the 2025/26 season to leave Goodison Park.
Everton's new stadium will be situated just over two miles away from Goodison Park, and it'll be on the banks of the River Mersey at Bramley Moore Dock.
The location is a former commercial dock and the whole area is expected to be transformed thanks to Everton's move, with new shops and housing.
The Everton stadium will have a bowl design made up of steel and glass. The plans have been much-lauded for their design qualities, which intend to complement the architecture of the old dock buildings surrounding the site.
One of the key aspects of the new ground is something called ‘ALL'. Quite what this is remains a little unclear beyond PR speak. In essence, it seems to be a new program offering a wide choice of social spaces, such as pubs, bars and restaurants.
As for capacity, the bowl will be able to seat 52,888 and will have a one-tier stand similar to that at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium inspired by Borussia Dortmund’s Yellow Wall. This stand will hold approximately 13,000 spectators. (27/09/2023)
Liverpool – Anfield Road expansion
The COVID-19 pandemic brought to a halt work on the expansion of the Anfield Road stand, but Liverpool have made good progress since. Manager Jurgen Klopp broke ground himself back in September 2021 and the stand is pretty much ready. Fans have been sat and stood in it for the start of the 2023/24 season, but there's still a little way to go.
The top tier of the new stand has remained shut for the start of the season, restricting attendances at Anfield to around 50,000, instead of the 61,000 capacity it hopes to be upon completion.
When that completion will be isn't fully clear yet. Reports indicated Liverpool could have its first 60,000 all-seater crowd for the Merseyside Derby on 21 October 2023 but that didn't come to fruition. We're still waiting. (12/11/2023)
Not Far Off…
In 2020, Portsmouth submitted plans to extend Fratton Park‘s Milton End stand, adding 400 seats and improved spectator facilities. There was also plans to extend the roof backwards, providing cover for spectators inside and outside the stadium and a new viewing area for disabled fans.
In June 2021, Portsmouth announced that the Fratton Park redevelopment would begin with an expected completion time of four seasons, at a cost of £10m.
Over the summer of 2023, seats in the Milton End were ripped out to make way for the renovation, which includes connecting this stand to the adjacent North Stand.
In September 2023, rail seating was successfully installed in the back ten rows of the Fratton End, allowing the club to apply for a safe-standing licence from the Sports Ground Safety Authority. This followed the previous installation of rail seats as part of the ongoing Milton End redevelopment. Read more on the Portsmouth stadium renovation in our full guide here. (19/10/2023)
Forest announced a stadium redevelopment project in December 2019, seeking planning permission to build a new 10,000-capacity Peter Taylor (Main) Stand. That would replace the existing stand which dates back to the 1950s.
This planned all-seated, three-tiered stand was also planned to have a number of executive boxes and other corporate facilities, plus new changing rooms and press facilities. A nice feature is that the stand will also include a club Museum as well as a new club Shop.
The planning permission was expected to be granted in the early part of 2021 but that significant milestone was not actually achieved until 2022 when Rushcliffe Borough Council finally gave approval for the scheme to go ahead. So, the initial given completion date of the 2022/23 season has had to be pushed back, but in September 2023, owner Evangelos Marinakis reiterated his commitment to the City Ground renovation plans.
Now, plans involve more than just a new Peter Taylor Stand. This will still happen, with the stand doubling its capacity and thus taking the overall City Ground capacity to 35,000. There will be new state-of-the-art dressing rooms, media suites and executive boxes. Additionally, there will be improvements to the other three stands, including an extension of the Bridford Stand. The whole redevelopment is estimated to cost nearly £100m. (12/11/2023)
The Club are to proceed with the building of a new 20,000 capacity stadium at an area called Kingsford, which is located to the West of Aberdeen, around seven miles from Pittodrie, after signing agreements with the local council. The stadium will be part of a wider £50m project for the area. The first phase of the project which will see the building of a new Club Academy and training pitches has already begun. It is hoped that works on the new stadium will commence towards the end of this year, with the possibility of it being ready for the start of the 2022/23 season. Pittodrie is to be sold for housing development.7.7.19
Gloucester City returned to a revamped Meadow Park in the middle of 2020. The ground has been transformed into a modern facility with 3G pitches which are raised significantly – about 10 feet – compared to the previous height. This would allow Meadow Park to drain its waters more effectively unlike in 2007 when the club faced the issue of flooding due to River Severn bursting its banks.
A computerised image of how the new stadium will look:
Image courtesy of Gloucester City FC.
Crystal Palace have received the go-ahead from Croydon Council to increase the capacity of Selhurst Park to over 34,000. This will be mostly achieved by building a bigger Main Stand which will have a capacity of 13,500 seats, including new hospitality areas. The stand will have four tiers and will have an attractive glass frontage.
The work on the new stadium is expected to begin just before 2022. Crystal Palace may have to spend in excess of £75 million for this expansion.
An artists impression of the expanded Main Stand
(courtesy of the official Crystal Palace website)
On The Radar
Wealdstone announced in November 2023 that the club has been allocated a plot of land in the London Borough of Hillingdon – their current home is in Ruislip, in the London Borough of Harrow.
Rory Fitzgerald, chairman of Wealdstone, called the update “fantastic news not only for our fans and players but the whole local community.”
He thanked the London Borough of Hillingdon for allocating the club the plot of land after “a long period of discussion and negotiation.”
Fitzgerald emphasised the “security and growth potential” offered by a new Wealdstone stadium as the club hopes to “attract the investment we need to realise our ambition of one day playing in the EFL.”
Wealdstone will have an 18-acre site at Freezeland Way, 2.7 miles from the current ground. It will be right next to Hillingdon Underground Station, accessible from central London in 35 minutes. No timeline has been outlined yet, with further preliminary discussions required between the club, EFL and local councils. (12/11/2023)
The Club have announced their intention to leave Dean Court and build a new a 25,000 capacity stadium. As the Club does not own Dean Court, they have decided that the future long term growth and security of the Club would be best achieved by having a ground that they owned. The Club have identified a site quite close to the current ground in Kings Park in an area which includes an existing athletics stadium. It is expected that detailed plans will soon be announced. The Club have signalled their aim to be kicking off the 2020/21 season at the new ground. 12.7.17
The Club did announce that they had received planning permission to build a new 60,000 capacity stadium on the existing Stamford Bridge site. Artists impressions from the architects Herzog & de Meuron were published (as can be viewed on the de Zeen Magazine website). It was anticipated that works would start pretty soon and the Chelsea would need to groundshare for at least one season. However, in May 2018 the Club's owner revealed that the Club had abandoned the new stadium plans 10.6.18
The clubs owners have purchased land near Camperdown Park and Dundee Ice Arena, with a view to possibly building a new stadium for the Club. The site is located on the North Western edge of Dundee, around two and half miles away from Dens Park. It is believed that a planning application will be made during 2017. 4.3.17
Forest Green Rovers
After initially having plans rejected for a new 5,000 capacity stadium near to Junction 13 of the M5, by Stroud Council, these have now been passed and the stadium can go ahead. The new stadium is billed to be the ‘greenest football ground in the World' being eco-friendly and to be constructed of wood. The Club selected World-renowned architects Zaha Hadid to design the new stadium. Zaha Hadid are currently involved in designing new stadiums for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and previous works have included the Aquatic Centre built in London for the 2012 Olympic Games. The image below of an artists impression of how the new stadium might look is supplied courtesy of the Forest Green Rovers website where more images of the proposed stadium can be viewed. 10.12.19
The Club have been granted planning permission to expand the capacity of the Stacey West Stand to 3,400. Currently, the capacity of this stand is 1,944 and this is normally split between home and away supporters.
Rather than building an entirely new stand, the existing stand will be extended upwards and backward and will include new concourse areas for both home and away fans. The Club have also mentioned that depending on what division they are in, that they may include rail seating, making a safe standing area, for the extension as shown below. The Club are now looking for a construction partner to undertake the project and no timescales have been published as to when this might happen. 24.2.20
After clearing the last of legal hurdles, Luton Town are excited about moving to a new stadium for the first time in more than three decades. The works on the new Power Court Stadium is expected to start in 2021 with a view of playing the first game at the start of the 2024-25 season.
The coronavirus pandemic has brought a halt to the expansion plans. Manchester City have confirmed that the club will reassess the financial viability of such an expansion only after overcoming the challenges caused by Covid-19.
Despite being one of the richest clubs in the world, Manchester United have proven that they are not immune to the coronavirus pandemic. The expansion plans which would have made Old Trafford as one of the largest stadiums in Europe has been put on hold.
The Club have announced that in partnership with the local council that they are actively seeking a site to build a new stadium, in an area called the Embankment, close to the existing London Road ground. The stadium will have a planned initial capacity of 17,500, with the potential to be increased to 22,000. The club hopes that the new stadium would be ready for the start of the 2022/23 season. It is likely that London Road will be redeveloped for housing. 22.2.20
Despite coming close to starting construction on the stadium expansion, Scunthorpe United have now announced that the plans have been put on hold due to the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Club have announced their intention to further develop the capacity of Bramall Lane to over 40,000. The Club have applied for planning permission to add an additional tier onto the South Stand that would contain an additional 5,400 seats. In a separate development, the Club also have plans to add another 3,000 seats to the Kop End by extending it backwards.The stand would be cantilevered (so no supporting pillars) with a video screen built into the front of the roof. 22.1.18
An Artists Impression Of The Extended South Stand
Image courtesy of Sheffield United FC
The club have submitted plans to build a new 22,000 capacity stadium at Fossetts Farm, just behind the club’s training ground in Eastern Avenue. The scheme plans also to feature a hotel, retail space, a cinema, plus indoor soccer pitches and residential accommodation. It planning permission is quickly forthcoming then works could start towards the end of this year. However, initially, the stadium will be restricted to a capacity of 14,000 and will only have three sides. It is hoped that revenue generated from the new build will then be used to fund future developments. 29.4.17
The Club have put in a formal planning application to extend the capacity of the Liberty Stadium to 34,000. The first phase of the developments would see an additional tier being added to the East Stand, increasing the number of seats by 6,000. This would be followed at a later stage with additional tiers being added to both ends of the stadium. No timescales have been announced as to when these developments would take place.
Wolverhampton Wanderers have made it known that they are planning to expand the capacity of Molineux to 50,000. This will be achieved by first building a new stand to replace the Steve Bull Stand on one side of the ground. This will raise capacity to 36,000. Next, a new large single tiered stand will be built to replace the Jack Hayward (South Bank) Stand at one end of the ground, taking the capacity up to 46,000. Works could commence on the new Steve Bull Stand in the Summer of 2020, with the new Jack Hayward Stand following two years later. The present open corners will also be filled with seating taking the capacity up to around 50,000 16.5.19
The mock-up image of how the developed Molineux may look is courtesy of the official Wolverhampton Wanderers website.
Anyone's Guess When…
The Club have received planning permission to redevelop the North Stand. This would involve building a new stand that would extend around the current open corners at that end of the stadium. There are currently no firm timescales as to when this will take place.
The Club have announced tentative proposals to build a new 12,000 capacity stadium. The stadium would be built on a site close in-between Cambridge Airport and Junction 35 of the A14, around a mile due east of the current Abbey Stadium, along Newmarket Road (A1303). However with the proposed site of the new stadium being on greenbelt land and with no funding for the project in place, then there are going to be quite a number of hurdles for the Club to overcome to make this happen. The artists' mock-up of how the new stadium may look is courtesy of the Cambridge United website, where more images and information about the project can be found. 10.12.19
Mike Keeler informs me; ‘The Club have now got planning permission from Greenwich Council to increase the capacity of the Valley to 30,900. This will involve adding a second tier to the East Stand as well as the ‘filling in' of the South East corner of the stadium'. However formal timescales have yet to be announced as to when this will take place.
George Packman adds; ‘The Club intends to increase the capacity of the Valley to over 40,000. Following on from the first phase of the scheme, which would see an additional tier added to the East Stand, the Club then intend to re-develop the Jimmy Seed (South) Stand. This would be replaced with a similar looking structure to the existing North Stand. This would result in the Valley becoming totally enclosed and boosting capacity to 37,000. Lastly, a third tier could be added to the new South Stand at a later stage, meaning that the Valley would have a final capacity of 40,600'.
Alison Wells informs me; ‘When the stadium was built the necessary foundations were put in place so that the capacity could be easily increased at a later date. This would include filling in the corners, which would increase the capacity to around 12,500. A second tier could also be added onto the North, South and East stands, raising the total capacity still further to 18,000. There are no timescales as to when this may take place.'
At some point in the future, the club hopes to replace the Blue Bell BMW Stand (formerly known as the Popular Side) with a new two tiered stand, which will also contain executive boxes.
The stadium has been built in such a way that an additional tier could be added to three sides of the stadium, namely the North, East and South Stands. This would increase the capacity of Pride Park to around 44,000. However, this is unlikely to happen unless the Club becomes established in the Premier League.
Craig Harper informs me; ‘The Club have plans to add an additional tier to both the East & South Stands, which will increase the capacity of the KC Stadium to around 34,000'. However, no firm timescales have been announced as to when this may take place.
The Club would at some point like to re-develop the Cobbold Stand and boost the capacity of the ground to 40,000. However, this is unlikely to happen unless the Club established itself once again as a Premier League Club.
Due to the substantial waiting list for the season tickets, Leeds United are confident of expanding the new stadium. After having achieved promotion to the Premier League, the club are now focusing on staying in the top division so as to make sense of an increase to the stadium capacity.
The plans to expand the Stadium were put on hold due to the club investing in the training complex. Apart from expanding the stadium capacity, Leicester City are also keen on increasing the car park facilities and constructing a hotel just outside the stadium.
The Club have announced plans to re-develop the Gallowgate End of the stadium. The plans which also include the construction of a new conference centre, hotel and residential apartments, would see the overall capacity of the ground increase to around 60,000. The plans are subject to local authority approval and as of yet no formal timescales as to when this might take place have been announced.
In December 2019 the club confirmed that they have purchased two strips of land behind the Geoffrey Watling City Stand, which would enable them to build a second tier on that stand. No further information is available at this time, as to when this might take place. The Jarrold (South) Stand has also been built in such a way that a second tier could also be added to that stand too.
Foundations have been put in place for the future construction of a fourth stand, at the West End of the stadium. However, it is unlikely that this will be built for at least a couple of years.
Queens Park Rangers
The Club have been looking for some time to possibly build a new stadium at a new location, rather than develop Loftus Road. This is simply that the present Loftus Road Stadium occupies quite a small footprint and is hemmed in by nearby residential housing, meaning that it would be almost impossible to build a larger stadium there. Having been thwarted so far in finding a nearby suitable site, speculation has now focussed on the Linford Christie Athletics Stadium, which is located in the Wormwood Scrubs area, within the same borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, around half a mile away from Loftus Road. The Council owned venue would be suitable, however the Club is looking for long term security and would probably prefer to purchase the site outright from the Council. Whereas the Council would may be prefer to retain some provision for athletics and lease the ground to QPR. So we shall see what happens with this. 21.2.19
The Club have received planning permission to increase the capacity of the stadium to 38,000. This would involve further extending three sides of the stadium (the West Stand would remain as it is) and replacing the roof and would take around three years to complete. This would be achieved by first by increasing the size of the East Stand, adding around 7,000 additional seats. The following year the North Stand would be extended adding another 3,500 seats and a year later a similar construction would happen at the South end of the stadium. However, it is unclear when work will commence and it would probably be dependant on the Club gaining promotion to the Premier League.
The stadium has been built in such a way and the necessary foundations have been put in place to further expand the stadium capacity to 20,000. This would be achieved by adding an additional tier to the North, South and East Stands. This may be done in phases; a first to 16,000 and then the second phase to 20,000.
The Club had previously announced plans to increase the capacity at Hillsborough to almost 45,000. This was primarily through the proposed expansion of the Leppings Lane End, including the building of an additional tier and the ‘filling in' of the corner between this and the South Stand. This was in the hope that England would win the bid to stage the 2018 World Cup (Hillsborough was listed as one of the potential venues). However the failure of this bid means that plans have been shelved for the time being. They may be ‘dusted off' if the Club gain promotion to the Premier League.
The stadium has been built in such a way that the corners of the stadium can later be filled with seating, which would raise capacity to around 12,500. However the Club have not announced as to when this will take place.
Kevin Davis informs me; ‘The club have secured planning permission to add another 7,200 to the Metro FM (South) Stand, which would take the capacity to 55,000. The club have not yet confirmed when (if ever) they will go ahead with this. If the club then proceed after this to add another tier to the McEwans Stand the final capacity would be around 64,000'.
The Club have announced that they are exploring the possibility of moving to a new stadium. It is believed that this would be an extension of a major regeneration project that has been proposed to transform the Birkenhead Waterfront. 29.8.19
The Club have announced that they have been granted planning permission to redevelop the Sign Specialists (William Sharp) end of the ground. The new stand would look similar to the Tile Choice Stand and add 2,300 seats to the stadium, raising the overall capacity to 13,500. It would also mean that up to 4,000 away supporters could be accommodated at that end. The back of the stand will also feature a giant advertising hoarding, clearly visible from the M6. However there are no firm timescales as to when this might actually happen.
The last expansion Vicarage Road took place in 2015. This proposed expansion, however, will add significantly more to the stadium capacity. It is proposed that a two-phase project will take place for this expansion and it would cost around £40 million.
West Bromwich Albion
The Club are believed to be drawing up plans to expand the capacity of the Hawthorns to over 30,000 by either redeveloping or adding an additional tier to the Halfords Lane Stand.
The Club have submitted plans to the local authorities to build a new 9,026 capacity stadium on the site of the current Kingfield Ground. The building of the new ground is part of a wider development of the area around the stadium, including a largely residential area with some 1,000 homes, plus a medical centre and retail space. The income generated from the new homes would be partly used to finance the new stadium. 20.12.19
A Computerised Image Showing How The New Stadium May Look (image courtesy of Holmes Miller Architects)
The Club are investigating the possibility of building a new 3,500 capacity seated stand at the Copse Road End of the stadium. It is believed that this would be dependant on selling some land adjacent to Huish Park for retail development.