Fleet deliver stadium lowdown

Ebbsfleet United have made public their plans (see images below) for a rebuilt stadium at their existing site at the PHB Stadium, Stonebridge Road.

In a series of presentations for supporters and the public tonight at the club, all the visuals relating to the project were on show.

The club’s new home is envisaged as a 6,000-capacity modern family-oriented stadium where supporters are guaranteed an affordable pricing strategy. The current Main Stand, because of its design, is now deemed by local safety officers to be at the end of its life, with no more than a two-year shelf life on current estimates. It is mainly constructed of timber and as such represents a potential fire hazard.

A new £3.5m main stand along Stonebridge Road (the current Liam Daish Stand) which houses all key football, commercial, sponsor and operational requirements and can provide important new revenue generating opportunities will be constructed while the Plough End stand will house a new supporters’ facility which can also be hired out on non-match days. The principle for the other two stands is that they should contain revenue-generating facilities with the aim to build a sustainable club going forward. The club’s supporters’ bar will also be retained in a position at the Plough End.

Because football will continue to be played during the reconstruction of the ground, the strategy is to rebuild the stand on Stonebridge Road first, greatly enhancing the Stonebridge Road frontage. For that reason, the position of the pitch must be retained. The existing advertising hoardings on the road side will be removed and all new advertising will be monitored by the club and will be appropriate to the new building.

Capacity will be in excess of 6,000, to include 2,000 seats. The finished ground will be a ‘complete building’, as opposed to a collection of four stands and will be designed to meet the appropriate ground grading and safety standards. Provision will be made for disabled parking adjacent to the designated turnstile and full disabled access into and within the stadium. Two new turnstiles will be set back from the pavement at the ground entrance, creating greatly increased areas for the waiting supporters. The site will have vehicular access around the whole of the stadium and on matchdays this will provide good access and exit of the ground to all spectators

The new development will not only transform the stadium and the club, but will be pivotal to the regeneration of Northfleet as a whole.

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Ed Miller

Ed Miller

Ed Miller has been Ebbsfleet United's communications manager and programme editor since 2014 and responsible for the club website since 2007. Contact him on
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