Weston-super-Mare AFC has announced plans to redevelop its Optima Stadium site.
The construction of 99 apartments, located on the eastern part of the site next to Winterstoke Road, will help secure the long-term future of the club and enable improvements to the football, hospitality and event facilities says the club.
The stadium will also be set up to future proof the club’s on-pitch progression, with a new stand (replacing the current Optima Stand) for 750 seats and extra terraces at stage one, with the capability of achieving 2000 seats and a ground capacity of 5000, which is the requirement to stay in League Two.
The new club facilities will also include changing rooms, physio room, gym, hospitality and function rooms, and a new sports bar and restaurant which will be open seven days a week.
The club facilities will be built first, so that the club is able to operate as normal, with the residential development to follow straight after. Once built the development will create additional jobs in catering, hospitality, and leisure.
Oliver Bliss, who is Managing Director, comments: “The club is in a stable position, but we have been working on a development for the past five years to try to produce something that will enable the club to progress, whilst also offering major support and facility for the local community.
“We are really pleased with what we are now proposing and are looking forward to making this dream a reality.”