League One club unveil plans for £100m new stadium and face race against time
OXFORD UNITED have unveiled plans for a state-of-the-art new £100million 16,000-seater stadium.
The O’s are contracted to play at their current Kassam home until 2026.
Rather than extend their agreement, however, they are instead looking to move.
Oxford have revealed plans to build a new stadium at The Triangle in Kidlington.
In addition to their playing facilities, the Os’ plan to incorporate a 180-bed hotel, restaurant, conference centre and health and wellbeing space.
They also aim to build a community plaza, featuring a new club shop as well as further retail, restaurant, bar and cafe facilities.
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While Oxford’s current Kassam Stadium home infamously only has three stands, with a car park behind one of the goals, their new home would feature an enclosed bowl.
The modern design includes a tight bowl that will take fans closer to the action.
Oxford want both their men’s and women’s teams to use the their proposed new ground.
While they believe that the new stadium site is better connected by public transport than the Kassam.
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Speaking about the project, Oxford chief executive Tim Williams said: “With our right to use the Kassam Stadium coming to an end in 2026 and no option to renew the lease, we must find a new home.
“The club is committed to developing a proposal which is highly sustainable and community focused whilst providing a state-of-the-art destination for all.
“The further detail we have released today shows how seriously we take these principles, and I am delighted to share the first glimpse of our stadium with the whole of Oxfordshire.
“I hope everyone from Kidlington, the surrounding areas and across the county will come to the exhibition and take a look at the plans.
“We want to hear all your feedback.”
Oxford chiefs will be meeting fans to discuss the project and answer questions in the coming weeks.
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