The Cherry Red Records Stadium (Kingsmeadow)
|30+30 (Disabled seats)|
|Clubs||Kingstonian FC, AFC Wimbledon|
|Renovations||2005, 2008, 2012|
|Record attendance||4,749 (AFC Wimbledon - Exeter City, 13/04/2013)|
|Address||Jack Goodchild Way, 422A Kingston Road, Kingston upon Thames KT1 3PB, United Kingdom|
The municipal athletic-football complex in Kingston (south-west London) was opened in 1989 and has served as home to Kingstonian FC since. The club was anchor tenant until 2002, when AFC Wimbledon came and took over. The side resurrected by supporters also used the supporters determination and financial effort to become primary tenants.
As the team moved in, supporters renamed the ground to ”The Fans’ Stadium”. At the moment of their move-in, The Dons were beginning their long way back to glory from the 9th league. But the rapid climb upwards forced renovations soon. In 2005/06 the west “Tempest End” stand was covered, while in 2008/09 the main stand was expanded. Finally, in 2012 a brand new east end was established, leaving only the south side very much as it was in the opening days of the stadium.
Eventually Wimbledon are planning to relocate to Plough Lane, where their old stadium used to be. Though it was demolished a long time ago, major redevelopment of the area allows for a new one to be set there.
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