As the new football season kicks off on Saturday, the Leader of Merton Council is looking forward to welcoming AFC Wimbledon home to their brand new stadium next year.
Preliminary construction work has already begun on the stadium in Plough Lane, Wimbledon, with a capacity of 9,000 which can be expanded to 20,000 by creating a bowl-shaped arena. The new stadium will be at the centre of a development including 600 much-needed homes, shops and a squash and fitness club.
While AFC Wimbledon are playing their first matches of 2019/20, the Council has teamed up with the AFC Wimbledon Foundation during the summer holidays to run sports, including football, at Phipps Bridge Youth Centre. They will also be helping to tackle food poverty by organising cooking classes for families and serving nutritious lunches to children during the school break.
Cllr Alambritis said: “It has always been our goal to bring AFC Wimbledon home to Plough Lane and we are delighted that this is the last season that fans will have to travel out of the borough for home games as well as away matches.
“As well as cheering AFC Wimbledon on this summer, young footballers will have the chance to practice their skills on the pitch with the AFC Wimbledon Foundation. The foundation are also helping to tackle food poverty by ensuring that some of the most deprived children in the borough can tuck into healthy lunches during the school holidays.”
Notes to editors
- Representatives from AFC Wimbledon, Merton Council and GRA Acquisitions Limited sign the Section 106 agreement on 13 December 2017.
- Merton Council’s planning committee unanimously approved AFC Wimbledon’s and Galliard’s application to build a new stadium on 10 December 2015.
- Mayor of London Sadiq Khan formally handed back to Merton Council the powers to progress AFC Wimbledon’s application for the football stadium in August 2016.
- Dons Trust, The Wider Interests of Football Limited is the company which owns AFC Wimbledon. It is, in turn, owned by fans of the Club.
- Merton Catalyst LLP is a joint venture between Galliard Homes and Catalyst Developments [Wimbledon] Ltd.
- On Monday 24 December Merton Catalyst LLP (the joint venture of Galliard Homes and Catalyst Developments [Wimbledon] Ltd) officially transferred ownership of the land on which the stadium will be built to a subsidiary of the Dons Trust, The Wider Interests of Football Limited, meaning AFC Wimbledon began 2019 as owners of the freehold to that land.
- The League One club is currently based in Kingsmeadow in Kingston.
- Find out more information about the stadium development here www.ploughlanestadium.co.uk