English lower-league club Forest Green Rovers secure approval for 5,000-seat wooden stadium

The outline bid for the Rovers stadium designed by Zaha Hadid Architects was accepted by the Stroud District Council in Gloucestershire

Reuters December 21, 2019 18:27:03 IST
English lower-league club Forest Green Rovers secure approval for 5,000-seat wooden stadium
  • Forest Green Rovers, arguably the most talked-about English lower-league soccer club due to their green ethos, received an early Christmas present after their plans for a 5,000-seat wooden stadium were finally approved

  • The outline bid for the stadium designed by Zaha Hadid Architects was accepted by the Stroud District Council in Gloucestershire

  • Earlier in June, the club’s initial bid for the stadium was rejected after the council cited concerns over noise, traffic and the impact on the local community

Forest Green Rovers, arguably the most talked-about English lower-league football club due to their green ethos, received an early Christmas present after their plans for a 5,000-seat wooden stadium were finally approved.

English lowerleague club Forest Green Rovers secure approval for 5000seat wooden stadium

Representational image. Reuters

The outline bid for the stadium designed by Zaha Hadid Architects was accepted by the Stroud District Council in Gloucestershire.

The new stadium will also include a landscaped car park and two grass training pitches.

Earlier in June, the club’s initial bid for the stadium was rejected after the council cited concerns over noise, traffic and the impact on the local community.

The stadium plans are part of a 100 million pounds ($129.97 million) Eco Park project in Gloucestershire led by Forest Green chairman Dale Vince, who owns the eco-friendly energy company Ecotricity.

“The really standout thing about this stadium is that it’s going to be almost entirely made out of wood — the first time that will have been done anywhere in the world,” Vince said.

The club uses renewable energy and serves vegan food to players, staff and fans.

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