English League One soccer side AFC Wimbledon is edging closer the club’s dream of a new stadium next to the site of its spiritual home in Plough Lane in Southwest London with the announcement that construction is expected to begin in April or May this year on the new facility.
The build of a new 10,000-seater stadium will enter its next phase following the completed groundworks at the former Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium in the UK capital. The team, a rebirth of soccer side Wimbledon FC created by fans following its relocation and renaming to Milton Keynes Dons in 2004, will play just 250 yards from the original team’s Plough Lane ground.
The team’s chief executive Erik Samuelson revealed to the Evening Standard that it is putting the final touches on the build plan, with the stadium scheduled to be completed by June 2020.
“The big thing was the transfer of the land. We now have a piece of land that is ours, freehold,” said Samuelson in the Evening Standard report.
“The next thing is finalizing the contractor to build it, consulting fans over some of the options we have got and then away we go and we can start building.
“They are going to build this stadium in 13 months. That is a hell of a fast build. The plan is to move in the summer of 2020.”