England: 530 students learning every day at new Kidderminster stadium?
source: Harriers.co.uk; author: michał
Kidderminster Harriers have football league aspirations, but as of now the club cannot support itself. The solution? A new stadium that would also become a place of higher education for over 500 people.
This news caused a stir several days ago in Kidderminster and it's hard to blame people for being surprised. After all, the club established in 1886 prides itself on playing at Aggborough for almost all of its history. And when that history is almost 130 years long, that's impressive for any football club worldwide.
That said, things aren't that great at Kidderminster Harriers, which is exactly why chairman Colin Gordon announced he has a plan of moving forward. But to do that, they have to move away, literally. Away from Aggborough and from central Kidderminster overall, to their current training centre.
After decades of sentimental matchday patterns for most match-goers this is surely a disruption, even if hypothetical for now. But the club, according to its chairman, is not self-sustainable even at present level of National League North (6th league).
The solution? Building a new stadium that would not only allow new quality of service and further hospitality areas, but most importantly would help support the club by its secondary use. Higher education is the desired use and the chairman foresees some 450-530 students coming to the stadium every day.
Preliminary plans have now been put submitted to the Wyre Forest District Council and Harriers promise to work with the Council as a point of procedure. As of now the images you can see don't depict the final stadium, nor should they be a point of reference in terms of its final size.