Design & Development

Wrexham gets green light to open temporary stand at 80% capacity

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League Two football club Wrexham AFC has received council approval for its new temporary stand, which will open at 80% capacity for Saturday’s match against Newport County.

Wrexham has built the temporary stand, which has a capacity of 2,289 and accommodation for an additional 20 wheelchairs, after it emerged in September that the new permanent Kop stand would not be open for the start of the 2024-25 season as originally planned.

The club confirmed yesterday (Wednesday) that “good progress” was being made with the licence application for the temporary stand, and today it has been announced that it will open at 80% capacity. Tickets for the stand are available to buy online for members from 4pm today.

The temporary stand will be priced at £20 (€23/$25) for adults, £15 for Over-65s/Under-21s, £9 for Under-18s and £6 for Under-11s. Wrexham said earlier this month that the pricing reflects that the stand will not have a roof and fans will be exposed to any inclement weather.

When announcing in September that the new Kop stand at the Racecourse Ground would not be ready for the start of the 2024-25 season, Wrexham said that there was no date for starting on site. A projected build period of 12 months has been set, and it is not clear how long the temporary stand will be in place for.

Back in January, Wrexham maintained that it was progressing with plans to redevelop the Kop end after missing out on Levelling Up funding, with construction company Morgan Sindall appointed as the preferred contractor for the project.

The Wrexham Gateway project, which includes redevelopment of the Racecourse Ground, was not among the 11 Welsh projects to receive government funding earlier in the month. The new stand will have a capacity of 5,500 and has been a priority for co-chairmen Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds since they became owners of the club in February 2021.

The Racecourse Ground is officially known as STōK Cae Ras | STōK Racecourse stadium as part of a sponsorship deal with US-based STōK Cold Brew Coffee.