First look inside AFC Wimbledon’s new £32million stadium as Dons prepare for emotional return to Plough Lane roots

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HERE are the first photos of AFC Wimbledon's new stadium almost in shape just 24 days before it officially opens.

SunSport's Justin Allen and AFC Wimbledon CEO Joe Palmer sit inside the club's new stadium. Credit: News Group Newspapers Ltd

And the League One club are giving supporters the chance to guarantee their spot for the next ten years as they make an emotional return to their spiritual Plough Lane roots.

SunSport was given exclusive access to the £32million ground that will open on November 3 for the League One visit of Doncaster.

And, unlike arenas such as Twickenham where fans pay as much as £30,000 to guarantee their spots, the Dons' debenture scheme is affordable.

In fact, prices have been set as low as £500 and £600, with hospitality spots just £1,000.

It has been 29 years since Wimbledon last kicked a ball in anger at Plough Lane when they took on Crystal Palace in the top-flight.

Plough Lane is located just a few hundred yards away from the original stadium. Credit: News Group Newspapers Ltd

Since then it has been a long road back.

There was the controversial move to Milton Keynes and the rebranding to MK Dons, the formation of the fans-owned AFC Wimbledon 18 years ago and six promotions.

But now they have built a new stadium a few hundred yards from the original ground.

That was ripped down for apartment blocks, which you can see from the upper tiers.

You can even peer across to Wembley 11 miles away, where the Dons famously beat Liverpool 1-0 in the 1988 FA Cup final.

The West Stand seating is in place, with the East Stand set to be finished in days along with the North Stand away end.

A bit like Brentford's new home seven miles away, they have gone for speckled coloured seating in the Dons' famous blue and yellow.

The home South Stand is for standing only to help generate that old-school atmosphere.

The £32million ground boasts an initial capacity of 9,300 Credit: News Group Newspapers Ltd

But while the old Plough Lane ground was notoriously unwelcoming, the 2020 version has been designed to be more accommodating.

Gone are the days of a bobbly quagmire pitch.

The new one is a carpet, combining real grass with synthetic material to produce a perfect playing surface.


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