Jon Varney, the new Brentford FC CEO, told supporters in a recent Q&A that he would not be able to predict an exact date when the new stadium would be open due to the impact of Covid-19. Before the commencement of new guidelines progress on the building had been positive and the Buckingham Group were coming to the end of the stadium development. All that remains are key technological and safety measures.
Two safety tests planned for April and May have been cancelled however they are working closely with the local authority and safety experts to find a pragmatic solution that would allow the stadium to open.
Originally the move to the new stadium in Lionel Road, Brentford was planned for July 2020 and with all major sport cancelled it is unclear when they will be required to return. Brentford FC are fourth in the Championship table, but the 2019-20 campaign has been suspended indefinitely during the coronavirus outbreak. UEFA has requested that all Football leagues decide on whether to conclude the current season now or complete the outstanding fixtures, by the 25th May.
The new stadium will have a 17,250 seat capacity,2.930 premium seats and 5 premium lounges. There will be spaces for 300 cycles, 400 sqm of Solar panels and 150 wheelchair spaces. Brentford will be joined by London Irish RFC, currently 8th in the Gallagher Premiership, from September leaving their current home the Madjeski at the end of this season.
The prospect of first class Football and Rugby in the heart of West London is a very exciting prospect, patience with current circumstances will hopefully allow many of us to enjoy the new state of the art stadium when its ready.
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