Brentford FC first match at new stadium
31 August, 2020 / by Matt Smith
Image above: Brentford FC’s completed stadium
Brentford FC has been given the go-ahead to host games, after their new stadium passed all the necessary safety checks. The first match will be played on the pitch at 3.00pm on Tuesday 1 September – which will see the club facing off against Oxford United in a friendly match.
The club’s new stadium was completed earlier this month. FC’s development partner, EcoWorld London, and their stadium principal contractor, Buckingham Construction Group Ltd, have been working to get the stadium ready over the past five months. The work from the club & its partners came to fruition when the area’s Safety Advisory Group awarded a safety certificate.
All football venues across the UK need safety certificates to host matches under current Covid-19 restrictions. The matches will be played behind closed doors, with an amendment needed to the certificate before they’re able to allow fans into the newly completed stadium.
Work on the 17,250-seat stadium began in early 2018 and was almost complete at the start of this year when restrictions on movement were put in place due to the outbreak of Covid-19.
Cliff Crown, Brentford FC Chairman, said: “This is a momentous announcement and a great day for everyone involved with the Club. This is a project that was first conceived nearly two decades ago and that the Club has been actively pursuing for the last 15 years. It is the culmination of a lot of hard work.
“I would like to congratulate Conor Hayes, Chairman of Lionel Road Developments, who has worked tirelessly for the last five years. He had a great team working with him including our Operations Director Alan Walsh, Will Whitby, Barry Winterton, Richard Arnold and Adam Marks. We have relied on our advisors to help us achieve the completion of the stadium and I also want to thank EcoWorld and Buckingham, plus those working with them, for delivering the stadium.
“This has not been an easy project, given the tight space to build in, and the recent Covid-19 outbreak was an extra challenge to overcome. To get the stadium completed in those circumstances is a great achievement. And we should also praise the Club’s operations, safety and security staff – Dave Gregg and Barney McGhee, alongside Alan – for securing a safety certificate with that backdrop.
“I was delighted to be able to host the August Board Meeting inside the stadium last week. It is a stadium of the highest standard and a fitting home for a Brentford FC that is preparing for a bright future. It is a real shame that our fans cannot get inside yet but that day is coming soon, and we are all looking forward to it”.
Image above: Cliff Crown, Brentford FC Chairman