AFC Bournemouth move a step closer to new stand

Borough planners could give AFC Bournemouth permission to build a new south stand at the Vitality Stadium by next month

The Vitality Stadium, home of the Cherries, has a current capacity of 11,464 – which is by far the smallest figure in the Premier League.

But with Bournemouth’s success in recent years, and a gradual process underway to remain an established top division club, council members have confirmed plans for expansion are back on the table.

The new South Stand is hopeful to host around 3000 extra seats within the stadium.

A spokesperson said:

The application may not come to planning board unless there is concern about the proposal – it is however likely that we will be seeking to determine in December.

An AFC Bournemouth official confirmed that whilst a deal had not been made to buy the stadium from landlords Structadene, the club would still press forward with their applications for the new south stand.

If plans are approved, the temporary south stand will be demolished and a permanent new South Stand will be constructed.

Mock-up drawing of the new South Stand

Mock-up drawing of the new South Stand

The application to expand the Vitality Stadium was revealed in March and the formal plans were submitted to town planners in the same month.

The expansion of the stadium’s capacity will raise fears that parking in and around the stadium, coupled with increased congestion on nearby roads, will negatively affect fans travelling.

It has been suggested that a travel plan could be implemented, where the use of: “sustainable travel methods” to: “minimise the number of fans which will be attending the stadium by car” will be encouraged.