Brentford Community Stadium
Club: Brentford FC | Capacity: 20,000 seats | Scheduled opening: 2018 | Status: in planning
Brentford Community Stadium is the planned new home of London club Brentford FC. The new stadium forms part of a larger £250-million project that includes residential apartments.
Brentford has long sought a replacement for the aged Griffin Park, their present home. Initial plans were discarded in 2010 following the economic crisis but taken up again in 2012 when the club changed ownership.
The project became concrete in June 2012 when Brentford acquired a piece of land on Lionel Road at less than a mile east of Griffin Park. The club submitted for planning permission one year later in July 2013, and the purchase of the land was completed in 2016 following the approval of a compulsory purchase order..
Brentford Community Stadium will have a capacity of 20,000 seats and be designed by AFL Architects.
The club initially hoped to move into their new home by the start of the 2016-17 season, but this has now been pushed back into 2018. Griffin Park will subsequently get demolished and turned into residential housing.
In 2017, it was confirmed that local rugby club London Irish, who now play at Reading’s Madejski Stadium, will also move into Brentford Community Stadium.