Ashton Gate Stadium set for an ambitious expansion

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New plans for the £100M Ashton Gate Stadium were unveiled recently, the Bristol Post reported. The new sports and convention centre will include 4000-capacity venue, four star hotels and more. It will also be the new home for Bristol Flyers.

Ashton Gate Chairman, Ashton Griffith said, “We are pleased to be able to reveal these plans. It has been more than two years in the planning to ensure that Phase II of Ashton Gate’s redevelopment into a city quarter focused on sport and entertainment was indeed viable, sustainable and most importantly achievable”, as reported on the Ashton Gate Stadium website.

The anticipated centre will be built next to Ashton Gate stadium and will be funded privately by Ashton Gate Ltd. Chairman for the group, Martin Griffiths told that a pre-planning application was to be submitted and a full application will be submitted in late summer 2019. The work is expected to begin in 2020 and expected to finish with the aim of opening the centre in 2022.

Along with the 4000 capacity sports and convention centre, the venue will also be used for commercial conferences and exhibitions. It will also host a variety of sports events including boxing, wheelchair rugby and badminton.

The venue will feature two new hotels, a four-star facility with 200-bed capacity and a standard venue with 100-bed capacity. There will be a 30,000 square feet of office space developed, with 750-850 space multi-storey car park.

The project also includes building of 750 residences, with a significant number of homes in the “affordable” category, according to Griffiths. “It is right that any proposed development must take account of the current housing crisis facing our city and homes have been factored into the plans”, he said.

Situated in Ashton Gate, Bristol, England, is the home of Bristol City FC and the Bristol Bears. It currently has an all-seated capacity of 27,000.

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