Design & Development

Wrexham ‘reassessing’ stadium development plans

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League One football club Wrexham has announced that it has “reassessed” its stadium development plans and confirmed that a temporary stand at the Racecourse Ground will have its capacity increased to around 3,000 seats.

The temporary stand will remain in place until work begins on the development of the new Kop stand. The 2,289-capacity temporary stand was built midway through last season after it emerged that the new Kop stand would not be open for the start of the 2024-25 season as originally planned.

The club and Wrexham Council are now reassessing the stadium development plans, particularly around the new Kop, to ensure the project delivers the “best possible fan experience”. No specific details have been provided on how the project will develop going forward.

In a statement, the club added: “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.”

The new 5,500-capacity Kop stand was set to take 12 months to complete, but it is now unclear when work will commence. The club received permission to build the new stand back in November 2022.

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.

Wrexham has been owned by Hollywood actors Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds since February 2021. The club has achieved back-to-back promotions from the National League and will play in the third tier of English football next season.

Expansion of the stadium has been a key priority for McElhenney and Reynolds. A year after the pair bought Wrexham, the club reached a heads of terms agreement to purchase the freehold of the ground.