I am writing to inform you that we are bringing forward alternative plans to redevelop Ashton Gate into a multi-purpose 26,000-seater stadium.
We will be submitting plans in the summer months, which we hope will go through smoothly. This would give us the option to embark on this project, which is deliverable within three years. New stadium facilities are a key pillar on which the future success of the club needs to be built.
In various stages, this would involve completely new stands where the Wedlock and Williams Stands are currently sited. Additionally we would completely renovate the Dolman Stand and improve the Atyeo Stand facilities.
The stadium is being designed with you in mind. There will be full engagement and consultation on all the important elements, things that clearly matter to supporters.
We already have plans to include a brand-new museum of sport and shop into the redevelopment, plus a “Wedlock’s Pub” for fans on site. We will be looking for your help by engaging with you directly – and involving the Fans Parliament – to ensure the history and heritage of the club is at the heart of this redevelopment. We want your help for that.
The first images of the alternative redevelopment plans can be found in today’s Bristol Post, and our website, bcfc.co.uk, from 10am.
I can also confirm Bristol Rugby will shortly announce their intention to groundshare with us, at Ashton Gate or Ashton Vale, and we will of course install a Desso pitch to cope with the extra games.
As you know only too well we have had many frustrations and difficulties in our attempt to build a new stadium on Ashton Vale. This proposal for Ashton Gate gives us a viable alternative to that project should we be unable to, or choose not to, proceed on Ashton Vale. Your Board has been working hard over the last six months to bring this alternative plan forward, having thoroughly reviewed a number of alternative options around the city. This proposal to redevelop Ashton Gate is the stand-out option.
Ashton Gate is our spiritual home; it has been for more than 100 years. This redevelopment would radically improve our facilities readying it for the next 100 years.
Over the coming months I will be sending you regular updates, but I wanted you to hear this important news first from the club.
Thanks for your support