Brentford plan new stadium
Brentford are planning a new 15,000-seater stadium at Lionel Road which lies between Kew Bridge station and the M4 motorway. The 7.6 acre site was first identified as a prospective location for a new stadium in 2002.
It is intended to submit plans to Hounslow Council within a year and to move into the new ground for the start of the 2016-17 season. It would be possible to expand capacity to 20,000 at a later stage.
Matthew Benham, who has now completed his takeover of the club with 96 per cent of the shares, has paid an undisclosed sum to a housebuilding company for the site. Some residential property will be included in the plans for the site and more housing will eventually be built at Griffin Park which is only two miles away from the new ground.
A loyal Bee commented to us, 'Matthew Benham is not the traditional ‘sugar daddy’ – he’s a long-time Brentford fan, to whom the club has effectively now been sold. The long-standing issue for Griffin Park – charming though it is – is that it cannot expand, nor hold other events there because it is surrounded by residential properties. Hopefully, once this stadium is built, the club will be on a much more secure financial footing.