Football Club Will Build New Stadium Almost Entirely Out Of Wood

Forest Green definitely live up to their name here.

Forest Green Rovers wooden stadium
Knock on wood Forest Green Rovers's wooden arena. Image Zaha Hadid Architects

Forest Green Rovers will live up to their name when their new stadium is built – it’ll be made almost entirely out of wood.

The 5,000-seater venue will be the main attraction of the £100 million Eco Park development in Gloucestershire, giving Forest Green a new home when they leave current ground The New Lawn, their residence since 2006.

More than 50 potential designs were submitted before Forest Green gave the thumbs up to Zaha Hadid Architects.

As reported by Dezeen, Hadid is well known for trailblazing designs having designed the London Aquatics Centre for London 2012 and worked on a stadium for Qatar’s 2022 World Cup.

“The really standout thing about this stadium is that it’s going to be almost entirely made of wood — the first time that will have been done anywhere in the world,” said Forest Green chairman Dale Vince.

“We’ve done as much as we can to make our current stadium properly sustainable but we are limited with what we can do. It simply wasn’t built with the environment in mind.”

Vince added that he is committed to making “the greenest football stadium in the world” with the Eco Park development.

Rovers’s ground will feature an undulating bowl made up from slats of timber seats specially positioned so that no fan has a restricted view of the pitch.

Could this end up being the future of sporting stadia?

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