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Wrexham AFC reveal ambitious stadium redevelopment plan

19 May 2021 2 minute read
The Racecourse Ground. Photo by Rept0n1x and licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

Wrexham AFC has revealed its ambitious plan for redeveloping its stadium.

The Welsh club has appointed international sports-specialist practice, AFL Architects, to revamp The Racecourse ground.

The firm has performed similar redevelopments for football clubs across a number of leagues, including Liverpool FC, Chelsea FC, Stoke City and several host venues for UEFA EURO events.

The plan, for what is the world’s oldest international stadium that still continues to host international games, includes bringing the Kop stand back to life, which was once the largest all-standing terrace in the EFL at 5,000 capacity but now no longer in use.

The first phase of the redevelopment is currently underway and sets the stage for Wrexham AFC’s ambitions.

New LED boards, sourced from Wembley Stadium, have been installed around the pitch and made their debut in the club’s recent match against Bromley FC.

The club, which was taken over by American actor Rob McElhenney and the Hollywood star Ryan Reynolds, says it is exploring new avenues to increase membership, enhance the matchday experience and further invest in the National League team.

‘Exciting time’

John Roberts, Director of AFL Architects said: “This is an exceptionally exciting time for the club. I am always thrilled when AFL is commissioned in my home country, so the prospect of working for the oldest club in Wales is a very welcome one.

“The team therefore fully understand and respect this club’s heritage and will be working sensitively and closely with them to revitalise their home.”

Executive Director, Humphrey Ker commented: “One of the key promises in our owners’ mission statement for Wrexham AFC is to improve the ground.

“So, it is a hugely positive step forward to be working with AFL as they have a track record of blending the heritage of famous stadiums with an upgraded fan experience.

“Their expertise will also help us ensure that the Racecourse Ground can become a hub for the Wrexham AFC community and we look forward to developing plans together in the coming months.”

Wrexham Association Football Club is based in Wrexham, North Wales, and competes in the National League, the fifth tier of the English football league pyramid. Formed in 1864, they are the oldest club in Wales and the third oldest professional team in the world.

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