Stadium mk (Denbigh Stadium)
|Clubs||Milton Keynes Dons FC|
|Inauguration||18.07.2007 (MK Dons - Chelsea XI, 4-3)|
|Construction||17.02.2005 - 2007|
|Contractor||Buckingham Group Contracting|
Description: Stadium mk
First propos al to build a stadium in Milton Keynes was made in 2002, when Wimbledon were granted permission to relocate. The venue was to be opened in 2004, but construction works hadn’t even started before that date. Groundbreaking took place in 2005 and the stadium designed by world-famous Populous was ready in mid-2007.
Official opening was done by Queen Elizabeth II in November 2007, but actual opening game took place already in July, when Dons moved in as anchor tenants. The club remain the only permanent users, though England U21 and rugby side Saracens from London play some of their games here.
Stands are able to accommodate 32,000 people, but for the first 5 years only lower tier of 22,000 was open for the public, with seat installation at the upper one planned for 2013. If demand ever reaches such level, there is also room under the roof for a third tier to increase capacity to 45,000.
Official name has always been about ‘Stadium mk’, but had various configurations (with cursive, bold or other visual effects). Locally it’s also known as Denbigh Stadium for its location in Denbigh, southern district of Milton Keynes.
England: Record away game for Wolverhampton?
Wolves fans hope to invade Milton Keynes in numbers unseen by locals and extraordinary for the third league they play in. Up to 10,000 people are hoped to attend the league fixture, but host club are reluctant to let it happen.
England: Milton Keynes stadium to grow by nearly 50%
Railings can already be seen ahead of seat installation at stadiummk’s upper tier. Capacity will rise to 30,700 seats, while outside stands will be surrounded by over 300 hotel rooms.
England: 2015 Rugby World Cup venues revealed
Only 4 of the 13 stadia are actually used for rugby and only two by rugby clubs. Most of the venues are primarily football grounds, but limiting the selection only to rugby stadiums would decrease overall capacity very significantly. Meanwhile the tournament is to be a real showcase…
England: Ticket prices breaking new records
And not the kind of records supporters would wish to see. First time ever average price for the cheapest seats in top four leagues (!) exceeded £20. That means ticket prices in England are rising at 4 times the speed of inflation – BBC Sport alarms.
England: Visiting 116 stadiums on a bike, scoot or on feet
He’s neither an away-going supporter, nor a groundhopper. It’s also not a sports discipline, what he’s doing. Steven simply decided to visit 116 venues in England and Wales using his bike, scoot and feet. This is how Football Ground Tour was born.