Our plans for an expanded Edgeley Park are still at an early stage but we have identified several key priorities we want to deliver.
- A brand new East Stand which would increase capacity from 1,366 to around 4,500 seats and a brand new South Stand which would increase capacity from 2,411 to 6,500 seats together with additional car parking to the rear. Both would be around the same height as the existing Cheadle End Stand.
- An extension to the North Stand which would increase capacity from 2,079 to around 3,500 seats. This would be achieved by expanding the existing stand to the full length of the pitch.
- No proposals to extend the Cheadle End Stand.
- Additional space within the new and improved stands for high quality food and drink offerings and hospitality.
- The provision of flexible workspace within the new East Stand to support local businesses.
- Improved match day access points for pedestrians and vehicles, including enhanced car and coach parking provision.
A phased approach
While we have great ambitions for the expansion of Edgeley Park, we are aware that this is a process that cannot be rushed. That is why we have decided to adopt a phased approach that will be delivered over a number of years.
By undertaking a phased approach, we aim to ensure the following:
- Minimal disruption to neighbouring residents and businesses during construction.
- Minimal disruption to the matchday experience for fans.
- The expansion reflects the needs of the club’s supporters – expanding the capacity in line with the success of the team and increase of demand for tickets.
- The financial sustainability of the expansion – not putting the club under unnecessary financial pressure.
Food & beverage court
To kick off our programme of improvements, this season, we’re planning to introduce an exciting new food and drinks hub to serve a selection of locally sourced street food and drinks. The aim is to help ease congestion in the Cheadle End concourse which is currently resulting in long queues experienced by fans at our existing food and beverage kiosks.
If approved, the dedicated food court will be able to cater for up to 1,500 fans thanks to three shipping containers and a stretch tent, providing cover from Stockport’s unpredictable downpours along with trestle tables and seating. One of the containers will provide additional toilets including accessibility and baby changing facilities. We also have plans to re-provide any car parking lost by the food and drinks hub proposals in a temporary car park behind the existing east stand. The car park can accommodate up to 100 vehicles and will be used by players, staff, media and corporate hospitality guests. It will not be used by members of the public.
Transport and the environment
As part of our expansion plans, our aim is to provide fans with quick and easy routes into and away from Edgeley Park, as well as ensuring that disruption to the local community is kept to an absolute minimum.
With Stockport Train Station less than 10 minutes’ walk from Edgeley Park, we are lucky to have unrivalled access to public transport connections. As we grow the size of Edgeley Park, we want to encourage use of public transport as the fastest, most convenient route to the ground.
Over the coming weeks, we will be developing our transport proposals, looking at more detail into the potential for additional pedestrian and vehicular routes, as well as some additional areas of car and coach parking (with provision for electric vehicle charging).
We want to ensure that the additional capacity we’re planning for within our vision for an expanded Edgeley Park can be safely accommodated without placing undue strain on existing access routes. We will have more information to share on this topic during our next phase of consultation later in the autumn.
Our wider environmental commitment
Transport is one of the most important parts of our carbon footprint, but we’re also looking at other ways we can address the impact we make at Edgeley Park and identify opportunities for improvements:
- As part of our long-term vision, we will seek to deliver an enhancement to net Biodiversity Gain as we progressively deliver phased stadium expansion.
- We’ll be looking carefully at water use and drainage, seeking to re-use as much rainwater as possible and investing in water-saving appliances.
- We will seek to deliver an Operational platform for the expanded stadium which will be net zero carbon.