Permission for fan-run club’s 11,000-capacity stadium has been granted
14 December ~ Last Friday AFC Wimbledon were granted permission to return to Plough Lane and build a new 11,000-capacity stadium. The club hope to be playing at the ground, which could be expanded to 20,000, by the 2018-19 season. AFC Wimbledon chief executive Erik Samuelson described the decision as “the most important event since we re-formed 13 years ago”. The plan also includes 602 residential units, as well as retail, commercial and leisure facilities.
Samuelson went on: “We started with nothing, no team, no stadium, no manager, not even a strip to wear. But what was different this time was that the club was formed by and remains owned by the fans, in other words we are firmly rooted in our community. We have never lost sight of that and so we have focused the majority of our community works on Merton because this is our home and we are delighted that we have been granted planning approval to return to Wimbledon.” You can read more from the Dons Trust about the new stadium here.