DONS PLAN CHANGES TO KINGSMEADOW

After winning promotion to the Football League only a few weeks ago AFC Wimbledon have set their sights on redevelopment of their stadium.

The club hopes to improve Kingsmeadow and turn it into a Football League ground meeting all required criteria. With a capacity of just 4,722, the ground will be one of the smallest out of all 92 league clubs.

Chief executive Erik Samuelson told the Kingston Guardian: "There are things we have to do before we can play our first game in the league. To do them we need a grant and we have sent off the application for that now, which we couldn't do until we were members of the Football League and we are only members once promoted."

However any hopes of an increase in capacity are not on the agenda as the club must bring quickly update the stadium to Football League standards. This includes building a control room and CCTV system to monitor the crowd in and outside the stadium, installing larger dug-outs to handle the extended substitutes bench in the Football League and also a second shower in the match officials room.

The Dons must also install turnstile monitoring equipment to count how many people are in each part of the ground and improve the PA system so it can give different instructions to different parts of the ground in case of an emergency.

Kingsmeadow is 224 short of fellow-promoted side Crawley Town's Broadfield Stadium and 333 short of last season's smallest, Accrington Stanley's Crown Ground. But with time and money working against the newly promoted club it looks like they will continue to have one of the smallest homes in the Football League.

Posted on 04/06/2011