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Forest Green Rovers BEGIN work on Eco Park, a new all-wooden stadium

League 1 side Forest Green Rovers have started work on their new groundbreaking eco stadium which is going to be all wooden.

Forest Green Rovers (FGR), are currently managerless after Troy Deeney was sacked from his role at the club.

Their current stadium is powered by renewable energy and serves vegan food to the players, staff and fans.

In 2017, FIFA named them the greenest football team in the world and they are certified carbon neutral.

But, with their new stadium plans underway, many have criticised the plans of an all-wooden stadium by saying it’s ‘dangerous’ and a ‘fire hazard’.

Eco Park key features (From the FGR official website):

Eco Park will be constructed from wood, which not only locks up carbon but has the lowest carbon footprint of any major building material.

The stadium will have on-site solar generation and will be powered by energy from the wind and sun supplied by Ecotricity.

Our pitches will be organic and our food will be vegan, just like at The New Lawn.

Ample charge points for electric vehicles will be available.

Good walking, cycling and public transport access is part of the plan.

500 trees and 1.8km of hedgerows, along with meadows surrounding the stadium, will promote local biodiversity.

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Eco Park will have an expected capacity of 5,000 (Image: Zaha Hadid Architects)
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The stadium will adopt a modern bowl style (Image: Zaha Hadid Architects)
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The concourse will be made out of wood with a modern style (Image: Zaha Hadid Architects)

Finally, with everything drawn up including renders and plans, Forest Green officially began work in 2023 on their new 5,000-seater Eco Park stadium.

It’s only small steps but they are keen to lay the foundations.

If you are a pie-and-chips sort of guy, Eco Park may not be the place for you, but it’s always worth giving new things a try. Who knows, you might enjoy their vegan food!