After searching high and low, AFC Bournemouth decided to move just meters away from their current stadium at Dean Court. Its size will double the current capacity, though.
Having secured Premier League status again, Bournemouth remain the smallest team by stadium capacity. Thus the urgency to do something about it and boost revenue in the short and medium term.
As of January they were officially searching for a new stadium site instead of expanding Dean Court further. But as of yesterday, they're not looking any more. It's decided that the new venue will be built within King's Park, just meters away from their 107-year-old home.
“We will now progress with detailed research and design for the new stadium, ahead of submitting the necessary planning application.” said the club's CEO Neill Blake.
“Our original timescale of completion by the summer of 2020 remains, and we are currently working hard to provide our supporters with a bigger stadium and one that is befitting of a Premier League club.”
All of the land within King's Park is owned by the city of Bournemouth, which means a satisfying agreement is required.
Leader of the Council, Cllr John Beesley, said: “We are extremely proud of the achievements of AFC Bournemouth and we recognise the importance of the club to both residents and fans.
“We will continue to work with the club and do all that is appropriate to help them progress with their ambition to build a new stadium in King's Park. This will involve discussions with all interested parties to ensure the needs of the club are met, alongside those of users of the park and the local community.”
While no solid data on capacity has been released, it's understood that The Cherries aim for at least double the current size of Dean Court. With 25,000 seats the stadium would still be among Premier League's smallest, but a massive leap in local scale.