0 Forest Green Rovers to build wooden stadium

ForestGreenVanarama National League side Forest Green Rovers FC has chosen its winning design for its new stadium, which will be made entirely of wood.

The winning architect, from almost 50 designs, was from Zaha Hadid Architects which also worked on the Olympic Park project in London and designed a stadium for the 2022 World Cup.

The stadium will be at the centre of a £100m sports and green technology business park proposal next to the M5 and will be the first stadium of its kind.

It will hold 5,000 fans, with plans to increase to 10,000 and could be built in the next few years. A planning application was submitted for the development in January, but is not due to be looked at by council planners until later this year.

Dale Vince, Forest Green Rovers chairman said: "The importance of wood is not only that it's naturally occurring, it has very low embodied carbon - about as low as it gets for a building material."

"We've done as much as we can to make our current stadium properly sustainable, but we are limited with what we can do - it simply wasn't built with the environment in mind.""

"At Eco Park, we've started with a blank sheet of paper, and we'll be going further than anyone else has done before - this really will be the greenest football stadium in the world."

Jim Heverin, director, ZHA, added: "With the team's community and supporters at its core, fans will be as close as five meters from the pitch and the position of every seat has been calculated to provide excellent, unrestricted views of the entire field of play."

"The stadium's continuous spectator bowl surrounding the pitch will maximise matchday atmosphere."

You can read the original article from Sports Industry Group HERE

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