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Wrexham plan to increase Racecourse capacity to over 45,000

01 May 2024 2 minute read
The Racecourse Ground. Photo Barrington Coombs/PA Wire.

Wrexham owners Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds plan to develop the club’s SToK Racecourse home into a stadium with up to 55,000 seats.

The Red Dragons will be playing in League One next season after back-to-back promotions and attracting a worldwide fan-base following the success of the FX docuseries ‘Welcome to Wrexham’ and the presence of their Hollywood A-listers.

But Wrexham’s historic ground only holds around 12,600 fans at present, with a temporary stand currently standing on the derelict Kop end behind one goal.

“We have a plan in place right now that would work from stand to stand so eventually you get all four sides,” McElhenney said in an interview with entertainment website Collider.

“It’s hard to say for sure, but we think we could get between 45,000 and 55,000 people in there.”

To which Reynolds added: “Like the whole town could come to a game.”

Red tape

McElhenney and Reynolds, however, expressed frustration with “bureaucratic red tape” over UK building regulations.

“Of course safety concerns and all those regulations are in place for a reason, but then some things just seem hurdles for hurdles’ sake,” McElhenney said.

“It’s a lot harder to build in the UK than I have found almost anywhere else in the world.

“Getting to the Premier League is the ultimate goal – and staying in the Premier League so it’s sustainable.

“But only doing it in a fashion that the community supports because there are all sorts of ways to succeed.

“We feel that there are only a few paths to be ethically viable to do so.”

Wrexham’s Racecourse ground is the world’s oldest international football stadium that still hosts matches, having staged its first Wales home game in 1877.

Developing the stadium significantly would almost certainly result in Wales returning to Wrexham on a more regular basis.

Wales’ senior men’s team have only played at the Racecourse twice since 2009, low-profile friendlies against Trinidad & Tobago and Gibraltar.

McElhenney and Reynolds, meanwhile, have reportedly purchased an undisclosed minority stake in Mexican club Necaxa.

American entertainment publication Variety said the pair join other investors such as actress Eva Longoria, model Kate Upton, NFL star Odell Beckham Jr and former Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil at the top-tier club.

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21 days ago

55,000 capacity stadium for a town with a population of 44,000?

Owain Glyndŵr
Owain Glyndŵr
21 days ago
Reply to  Glen

Yes, but the population of Wrexham County Borough is 135,000 and if we look at the wider area, incorporating Flintshire and Denbighshire, that’s a population of about 385,000. These figures and the fact that there’s no other major football club for miles around are the reasons that Rob McElhenney wanted to buy Wrexham AFC, as oppose to any other club.

20 days ago

Y Wal Goch could expand and Cymru could play up in the north where most of its supporters are.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
19 days ago

It’s not just football, we could see international acts lining up to play Wrecsam…

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