City Ground

Capacity38 000
Country England
CityNottingham
ClubsForest
CategoryDesign awaiting implementation
Cost?
Construction2020 - ?
Design Benoy

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Description: City Ground

Reconstruction of City Ground will focus around one crucial area: the replacement of current south stand, the lowest of all four. Current single tier will be expanded by a large upper level for 10,000 people. This way total capacity should reach 38,000, making the stadium East Midlands' single largest.

Two tiers of regular seating would be divided by a strip of hospitality facilities, including smaller boxes and lounges, connected with dining facilities. Integration of these functions in one system ensures optimal function and flexibility on non-matchdays, for smaller events. The grandstand's western extension is a pavilion with red glazing and premium amenities overlooking the river Trent.

New south stand would house club offices, museum and Nottingham Forest megastore. Despite rather simple structure and shape, it should still be impressive thanks to a modern facade created by Benoy. Interestingly, the architectural team was directed by Tom Cartledge, a Forest fan himself. Eventually some of the south elevation will be hidden behind new residential development planned along with stadium reconstruction.

Three remaining stands, which haven't seen major improvements since 1994, will also be upgraded as part of the project, though only the east end is rendered to see significant structural intervention as it's expected to reach two tiers throughout its length.

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