The Vision For Abbey Stadium
22 May 2015, 12:00
Cambridge United have revealed further details of their plans to redevelop Abbey Stadium and to create a Sports Village in Trumpington.
Their proposals would see the stadium increase it's capacity to 11,000+ and include new corporate and conferencing facilities to create an additional £1,000,000 revenue each year.
The redevelopment would be completed in three phases -
Phase 1 - a completely redeveloped Newmarket Road End, which would include a new frontage with a civic square, club shop, supporters club and community facility, ticket office and a safe standing terrace with a capacity of 3,500.
Phase 2 - the demolition of the Habbin Stand to be replaced by a new iconic all-seater stand. This would increase the stand’s capacity to over 3,000 with enhanced disabled provision, further spectator facilities within the undercroft of the stand and a flexible corporate and conferencing facility to seat 300 diners or cater for 400 delegates.
Phase 3 - a complete refurbishment of the Main Stand which will also increase in capacity to more than 3,000. A second level will then be created by extending behind the existing structure, incorporating a new boardroom, director’s lounge, supporters bar, hospitality suites and community spaces. A third tier will be built to accommodate individual executive boxes at the back of the stand, with glass frontages, and private seating, whilst the roof will be replaced with a modern, cantilevered structure. In addition, the stand will be extended towards the South Stand to provide extra seats to maximise capacity.
The Sporting Village at Trumpington would provide the U’s with a state-of-the-art training base for their first team and academy. It would also act as a headquarters for the Cambridge United Community Trust.
Cambridge United Chairman Dave Doggett said: "Whilst the club currently delivers a variety of youth development and community programmes across Cambridgeshire through our Community Trust, the potential growth with a base at a new Sporting Village is truly immeasurable.
"The facility would allow the club to make considerable steps forward in engaging, educating and inspiring the next generation throughout our city using the power of sport. We can tackle issues such as childhood obesity and a myriad of other issues by creating healthy, active, respectful young citizens who can contribute to the future of our city.
"As the city’s leading professional sports club, we feel a responsibility to expand our influence across all cross sections of the community at every possible opportunity, and these plans would benefit the city of Cambridge as a whole."
Meanwhile, commenting on the club’s vision, Chief Executive Jez George added: "Our business is now growing at such an extent that without significantly enhanced facilities our future progress will be severely compromised.
"Our average crowd has trebled to 5800 in two years and our turnover this financial year has grown to almost £4,000,000, excluding all FA Cup income. For the first time in living memory, the club has achieved a break even financial result, again excluding all FA Cup income.
"Cambridge United is now run as a proper, self-sustaining business. However, without enhanced facilities, the club's ability to prosper and continue progression on and off the pitch would be restricted."
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