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Kingsford Stadium – design description
The planned stadium in Kingsford (5km west of Aberdeen) is centerpiece to a much larger community and sports complex. Beside the matchday and training uses, the place would become a major hub for conference and social events in the area.
Main stadium is to hold around 20,000 people (detailed design to follow), joined in the east by six full-sized fields for training, as well as 1,300 parking spaces. The complex is planned along the A944 road, just off the new western bypass. Altogether 24.5 hectares are earmarked for the project.
Public consultation process began in July 2016 and, pending further developments, the entire complex was expected to be delivered by 2020. In the first phase only the training fields and necessary infrastructure were to be created with the stadium with 1,598 parking spaces to follow afterwards.
On June 3, 2018, the first phase of construction began, including the creation of a training centre. The complex was due to open on October 31, 2019 with Sir Alex Ferguson among others in attendance. The cost of building the resort was £12 million. The centre was named Cormack Park, after Dave Cormack, then vice chairman (later also chairman) and sponsor of Aberdeen FC.
The construction of the stadium itself, to be built next to the new training centre, has been delayed, greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. In early 2021, it was reported that a new stadium for The Dons would be built in the city centre, close to the beach and the existing facility, putting plans for a stadium at Kingsford in serious doubt.
Scotland: Beachside stadium project full of benefits
A rainy and cold Aberdeen doesn't encourage people to go to the water, but fans will certainly be eager to visit a new venue whipped by the sea breeze in the future. In an online poll, a remarkable 92% of fans liked the plan to build an arena and replace the current one.
Scotland: Aberdeen fans like the beach stadium idea
Aberdeen City Council created a refreshed masterplan for the city centre with a new home for Aberdeen FC as a beachfront centerpiece. An overwhelming majority of club fans support the idea.
Scotland: New stadium in Aberdeen to be smaller?
The Dons have yet to make a final decision where to build the new ground. The club is still examining two potential locations. What's more, it is very likely that the size of the new venue will be reduced.
Scotland: Aberdeen’s new stadium by the beach?!
After nearly two decades of trying to build outside city limits, Aberdeen FC might end up much closer to their home ground after all. New proposal would see a new stadium within earshot from Pittodrie, by the beach.
Scotland: Aberdeen postpones new stadium indefinitely
With the coronavirus pandemic already costing them millions, Aberdeen FC have decided to put their largest project on hold. The new 20,000-seater might not come soon or even have that number of seats.
Aberdeen: Traffic issues arise as Kingsford Stadium consultation is announced
While the first phase of Aberdeen FC's new sports complex is complete, work on the stadium is yet to begin. There's still time to consult fans on its final shape. Some proposals by the club haven't been taken well by locals, though.
Aberdeen: Kingsford financing to be sealed in a year
As enabling works are to begin on the new Aberdeen FC football stadium, club vice-chairman assures the project's funding should be secured within the next 12 months, more or less.
Aberdeen: Higher cost of Kingsford complex confirmed
While Aberdeen FC had wanred earlier on that complete budget of their Kingsford project would be within £50 million, now it seems the stadium itself would cost 50 million, with the training centre consuming 12 million further.
Aberdeen: No further appeal over Kingsford
Despite their opposition, No Kingsford Stadium decided not to launch further appeals to block the Kingsford Stadium. This effectively paves the way for construction of the stadium to move forward.
Scotland: Aberdeen's stadium scheme safe after judicial review
As reported by the BBC, Aberdeen FC's plans for a new £50-million stadium have been given a legal go-ahead. Court has refused to accept petition by opponents of the stadium, who argued the local council committed an error of law.
Scotland: Aberdeen appoint Morrison for Kingsford project
Morrison Construction will lead the development of the community sports centre and training facilities. The move comes after AFC secured £8 million for the works. A Press & Journal report.
Aberdeen: Kingsford stadium opponents filed for judicial review
Sunday was the last day for opponents to submit their appeals against the proposed Kingsford Stadium. 'No Kingsford Stadium' managed to file their papers late on Friday, meeting the deadline.
Aberdeen: Construction begins in Kingsford
Tuesday saw groundbreaking on what will become Aberdeen FC's new training complex (phase 1) and stadium (phase 2). AFC now owns the 25-hcetare site, which means we should expect progress from now on.
Scotland: Aberdeen sign stadium agreement
Aberdeen FC hopes to begin construction of its new stadium and training complex in June, after signing a legal agreement with the city council.
Scotland: Aberdeen stadium approved, opponents suggest further fight
Despite some controversies, the Aberdeen council voted overwhelmingly in favour of the new Kingsford Stadium. Campaigners against the stadium announce they will pursue judicial review.
Scotland: Planning officials recommend Aberdeen stadium for approval
The Aberdeen planning officials support the controversial Kingsford Stadium scheme. If the city council votes in favour on Monday, the project could finally proceed.
Aberdeen: Stadium subsidiary announced, decision in January
As Aberdeen FC announce the creation of stadium-dedicated subsidiary, we await the final decision of Aberdeen City Council in late January.
Scotland: Aberdeen secure 60% of project budget
With new shareholder from USA the Dons now have £6 million in place, 60% of their new training complex, first phase of the Kingsford stadium project.
Scotland: Decision for Aberdeen in December?
Aberdeen FC has said it hopes a decision on plans for a new stadium can be taken by councillors before the end of the year. If it's a green light, works can begin early into 2018. Unless opposition to the project succeeds.
Scotland: Aberdeen population still split about new stadium
More than 10,000 people have officially given their views on the proposed Kingsford Stadium for Aberdeen FC. The outcome may be surprising as opponents get over 47% of the vote.