Posted: Mon 17th Jun 2024

‘Club and council reassess stadium plans’ for people living in or visiting the Wrexham area

Kop redevelopment plans are being reassessed say the club, with discussions apparently around making it a non-match day stadia as well as football ground.

Wrexham AFC have issued a short statement today saying, “Wrexham AFC can share several exciting updates regarding the ongoing development of the StōK Cae Ras, driven by our evolving vision for the Club’s future.

“First, we can confirm the extension of the temporary stand, which will accommodate approximately 3,000 seats. This temporary solution will remain in place until the Kop Development begins.

“The Club and Wrexham Council have also reassessed the stadium development plans, particularly the new Kop, to ensure they deliver the best possible fan experience and provide the most value to the community. We plan to focus on making the stadium a year-round destination, not just a match-day venue, which will drive significant economic impact for the city of Wrexham.

“The Club has agreements in principle to purchase the land required for the Kop development’s footprint. In the meantime, the Club is working closely with Wrexham Council to review the terms of the Grant Funding Agreement to ensure it aligns with the future needs of the club.

“We deeply appreciate the ongoing partnership and support from Wrexham Council, Wrexham University, the Welsh Government, and the FA of Wales as we work through these developments. We will be having regular planning meetings with partners to move forward the work and will provide regular public updates on progress.”

Councillor Mark Pritchard, Leader of Wrexham Council, said today: “The football club’s ambition and continued commitment to its fans and the wider community – driven by the passion of Rob and Ryan – is inspiring and we welcome their statement about continued progress on the redevelopment of the StōK Cae Ras.

“We’re delighted to be working with Wrexham AFC and key partners to help the StōK Cae Ras become a year-round destination that will bring significant benefits to the local economy. These are exciting times for Wrexham and we look forward to working with the club to further develop proposals for the stadium.”

Last month we asked Wrexham Council about the 55k capacity ambition and if the plans had changed, with Wrexham Council Chief Executive Ian Bancroft saying, “We are not aware of any changes. We are in regular contact to receive updates about those plans.”

A detailed update back in September saw the football club explain how a grant funding agreement from Wrexham County Borough Council needed to be finalised and the club satisfied that the conditions attached to the funding offer could be fulfilled – with over £17.83m of money already allocated. It appears that agreement could be the one being ‘reviewed’ despite it all being in place ready to sign off in March.

(Top pic, bit of nostalgia of the old Kop)

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