Aberdeen FC today unveiled the first images of the new £50 million stadium and training complex they hope to build at Kingsford.
Vice-chairman George Yule was at Pittodrie to reveal the blueprint for what the club described as “the largest new-build stadium in Scotland in 100 years”.
“Kingsford will be a focal point for community engagement and footballing excellence for the north of Scotland and an inspiration for future generations of local youngsters,” said Yule.
The stadium and training facilities would be built close to the new Aberdeen bypass near Westhill.
The showpiece is a 20,000-capacity stadium similar in layout to Hearts’ Tynecastle Stadium in Edinburgh.
The Dons are confident the single tier, fully-enclosed design will enhance the atmosphere at games while also reducing the visual impact on the surrounding area.
It will include a fan zone, AFC store, Red cafe, AFC Heritage Museum and Memorial Garden, and around 1,600 car parking spaces, bus parking and drop off areas. Also incorporated into the 25-hectare site will be three professional training pitches, two community 3G pitches, community pavilion, offices, a gymnasium and multi-purpose space with a potential community learning zone.
The design has been agreed after club officials paid visits to some of the top stadiums around Europe. It has also been influenced by feedback from Dons fans.
The adjoining facilities would allow the Aberdeen FC Community Trust – a standalone charitable group – to expand the work it does.