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CAMBRIDGE UNITED REVEAL NEW EAST CAMBRIDGE STADIUM VISION

4 December 2019

Cambridge United have today announced the Football Club’s exciting new vision for a 21st century, multi-use, sustainable stadium located in East Cambridge.

A new possibility has been established on land included in Marshalls’ and the County Council’s call for sites, situated near to junction 35 (Quy) on the A14.

The Club have therefore been working with property consultancy and Club partner Stace - who worked latterly on the development of Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium – and with world leading architects KSS, to develop a suitable concept design that fitted with the new identified land.

The brief was a sustainable design for a sustainable location, with multi-use purposes beyond the ability to host football matches such as - concerts, conferences, extended community activities, medical centres, and a quality design fit for Cambridge with a 12,000 capacity and scope to grow.

Cambridge United are pleased to today reveal the eye-catching new designs created which highlight the potential of what could be developed.

The journey so far:

  • Planning application for a Sporting Village based in Trumpington Meadows was withdrawn in 2017
  • Plans for a redeveloped Abbey Stadium were constrained by a need for affordable housing with a funding gap identified by the project group and Greater Cambridge Partnership, due to restrictions in how high housing could be built around the ground in early 2019.
  • New possibility emerged in East Cambridge through Marshall’s plans to relocate and are in line with County Council’s submission put forward earlier this year

The scheme remains in its early stages, would be located on greenbelt land and plans for funding the development of the stadium are not arranged. However the scheme has a number of factors in its favour and primarily fits within wider plans to improve transport across the city of Cambridge, including the introduction of a new metro system that would see both the stadium and a re-located Park and Ride station as a key destination for a Cambridge east line.   

Club CEO Ian Mather has today presented the above vision to key stakeholders and companies from across the city including the Mayor of Cambridgeshire James Palmer, at the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Development conference at the Guildhall. Ian has replicated the presentation in the above video to provide Cambridge United supporters with a fuller picture of the scheme, and he articulates the differing factors from the Club’s previous proposals.

Cambridge United supporters are also reminded that Ian Mather will be in attendance at Thursday evening’s Fans Forum at the Abbey Stadium (7pm, FREE entry), and will be happy to take any supporter questions with regards to the stadium vision.


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