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. For this very reason Wimbledon agreed to sell Kingsmeadow to Chelsea FC, who aim to make it the home of their women's team.
London: Wimbledon's magic works once more!
Three months back they were on the brink of despair, now the fan-owned club has once more shown its true colours. Construction of the new stadium is no longer threatened after an amazing show of support.
London: Wimbledon given more time to come up with £11 million
Contractor of the new Plough Lane stadium agrees to extend deadline for funding from end of January to end of February. But fate of the project remains uncertain.
New construction: Wimbledon added at a tough moment
Starting today you can see construction photos from the Plough Lane project in Merton, London. Unfortunately, the moment is dire for AFC Wimbledon as the club is facing a huge funding shortage to deliver the stadium.
London: Wimbledon launch stadium crowdfunding
The goal is ambitious but not impossible to reach. AFC Wimbledon hopes to raise more than 50% of its new stadium cost through crowdfunding. This would allow it to remain competetive on the field despite this major project.
London: Wimbledon stadium delay confirmed
Instead of next season's first game, the new Plough Lane will likely host the mid-season fixture of late 2019 or early 2020. Not great news for Wimbledon supporters, at the same time no surprise either.
London: Great news for Wimbledon
AFC Wimbledon has received significant news in their Plough Lane return campaign, with The Secretary of State deciding not to list Wimbledon greyhound stadium. This opens up demolition and construction of a new one.
London: Chelsea closer to buying Wimbledon’s home
AFC Wimbledon supporters almost unanimously agreed to sell Kingsmeadow. Current stadium needs to go if The Dons are to relocate to their spiritual home, newly built Plough Lane.
London: Watching Liverpool live for £4? Here’s it’s possible
As Liverpool supporters continue their protests against ticket prices, their upcoming rival AFC Wimbledon once again make news headlines with their pro-community approach.
New: Current and future “Fans’ Stadium”
It’s a solid Hollywood material, but this is happening in real life. Wimbledon wins against the team who ran them to ruins 12 years ago. Next step? Building a stadium to rebuild former glory for good.