Dorking Wanderers FC can today confirm that following several months of planning and construction their eagerly awaited ground development, which was required to maintain their existing Step 2 (National League South) status, has been approved by the National League.
The development includes two brand new structures at the east end of the stadium, including a 272-seater ‘Family Stand’ and a new terrace nicknamed ‘The Bank’ which can house 655 supporters.
In addition to the new stands, 3 new turnstiles have been added, an additional fire escape and extra facilities in the gents ground floor toilets.
Chairman Marc White commented “I want to thank MVDC and its officers, especially John Menlove, for their support on this key project. It is both brilliant and essential to receive such unwavering support for this community project from our local authority, and they are to be applauded for their fantastic contribution. I also want to thank Surrey County FA for enabling us to carry out the required works, especially Andrew Dickinson who has been ever present during the project. I also want to say a big thank you to the local-residents and most notably Susan, Mike and Katherine, whom as neighbours showed maturity and pragmatism in order to support the club. Finally, I want to say a huge thank you to Kris Lea and Jason Rabbetts from our Senior Management Team, who have driven this project forward and overcome several hurdles to deliver significant enhancements to the town’s football stadium”.
White continued: “Meadowbank Stadium and Dorking Wanderers have provided a much-needed boost to the local economy. Best of all it has brought back a fantastic community feeling to the town, bringing together individuals and families of all genres. The project, which was initiated by Mole Valley District Council, has already been a huge success, and Dorking Wanderers are committed to ensuring that the stadium will continue to develop and be of the best standard it can be for all of its users and visitors to enjoy”.
Both supporters and members of the local community will be able to see the new development first-hand at the club’s forthcoming ‘Open Day’ at Meadowbank Stadium, which is scheduled for Thursday 13th August from 3pm. More details on this will be released by the club soon.