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November 23 2016

Aberdeen Football Club fleshes out Kingsford stadium move
Aberdeen Football Club has provided fresh detail on its intent to build a new stadium at Kingsford in addition to a football academy, community and sports campus at a public exhibition at Pittodrie.

Following initial consultations the club and Halliday Fraser Munro intend to bring forward a planning application for a 20,000 seat stadium, training pitches, gym, store and café as well as a heritage museum and memorial garden on the 25 acre site.

In a statement the club said: “The single tier, fully enclosed stadium will dramatically improve atmosphere, while minimising visual impact on the surrounding area. Much more comfortable and accessible, the stadium and its concourse areas, and the wider site facilities will offer a much better match-day experience for everyone, from young to old – encouraging greater family attendance and providing a beacon for the fans of the future.

“More significantly for the profile of the region, Kingsford will be the largest new-build stadium in Scotland in 100 years.”

Crucially the club will use the move to place greater emphasis on community facilities for fans and locals, a long-held ambition since plans for a new arena were last touted in 2011.
The club hope to improve match day atmosphere with a single tier stand
The club hope to improve match day atmosphere with a single tier stand
The masterplan will be delivered in phases
The masterplan will be delivered in phases

10 Comments

Jon
#1 Posted by Jon on 23 Nov 2016 at 21:41 PM
Halliday Fraser Munro again - no surprise there... probably be built by Stewarty Milne as well
Stewart
#2 Posted by Stewart on 24 Nov 2016 at 09:12 AM
Of course it will be built by Stewart Milne, he owns the Club!
wonky
#3 Posted by wonky on 24 Nov 2016 at 11:39 AM
is this future proofed for capacity increase- 20k seems dissapointing & a little lacking in ambition- Aberdeen, with only one club in the city, should be striving for 25-30k crowds (if successful, of course). Looks like a decent proposal nonetheless.
A Local Pleb
#4 Posted by A Local Pleb on 24 Nov 2016 at 13:08 PM
Why did they dispense with the original architect who at least had a long track record of design sports stadia (Millers pre Holmes Miller merger)?
Gustavo Maccadonatto
#5 Posted by Gustavo Maccadonatto on 24 Nov 2016 at 13:56 PM
I guess that scuppers any hopes of Scotland ever hosting a Euro Championships then. Very disappointing at the lack of ambition as a 30,000 capacity stadium is what is required and the old firm could fill it every time.
Sir Ano
#6 Posted by Sir Ano on 24 Nov 2016 at 14:41 PM
Euro Championships, 30000 stadium.

Don't be silly.
Dave
#7 Posted by Dave on 24 Nov 2016 at 16:46 PM
@#4 - Aberdeen Mafia / Masons
Jimbob Tanktop
#8 Posted by Jimbob Tanktop on 24 Nov 2016 at 16:47 PM
The European Championships are changing to a continent-wide tournament, starting with Euro 2020, for which one of the host cities will be Glasgow.

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro-2020/news/newsid=2416700.html
Terra
#9 Posted by Terra on 26 Nov 2016 at 10:08 AM
Agree with wonky that they should def be making it easily upgradable in the future with regard to capacity. I understand why they want to play it safe and do 20k but they could fill up to 30k well enough imo. It's good to see them finally being able to set this in motion. For a big club like Aberdeen not to have decent, dedicated and modern training facilities is scandalous when you think about it. And as much as Pittodrie has history and is a great place because of that, it's not really fit for purpose for a club of their size going forward. They have badly needed a new stadium and their own training facilities for decades. Finally, fir the good of the rest of the game here as well, they look to be on the way to getting them built. Don't let a bunch of nimby types stop it either. Short sightedness is their problem. It's not just football that stands to gain from thus, the local and ultimately national economy will benefit too, not to mention community access to the training facilities, etc. It's literally all good, a win win. Can't wait to see it happen. I'm a Celtic fan btw. I care about the health of game and competativeness.
HMwasbetter
#10 Posted by HMwasbetter on 27 Nov 2016 at 22:21 PM
Terrible design, in a terrible location. The director of AFC has a lot to gain on this site, especially as he has had a vested interest in it since he first approached the council around 10 years ago to put the stadium there. Corporate greed meets 1980's swimming pool is what is conjured up by the visuals above especially with those pathetic steel space beams forming the roof - come on HFM, try better.

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