Oxford United has released revised designs and fresh photos of the proposed stadium that the club intends to call home by 2026.
The third-tier English Football League One team will build a 16,000-seat stadium, as well as a hotel, restaurant, conference centre, health and wellness facility, and community plaza.
The new stadium will be built near Kidlington, with an emphasis on public transportation, a new pedestrian and cycling path, and enhanced connections to existing infrastructure. It will house the club’s men’s and women’s teams, as well as serve as a focus for community outreach and humanitarian activity.
The stadium will be surrounded by new landscaping and community-focused open public green areas, according to the club, which will increase biodiversity by more than 10%.
Oxford United’s Chief Executive Tim Williams spoke on the commitment of the club to ensure the team has a quality new home base.
“With our right to use the Kassam Stadium coming to an end in 2026 and no option to renew the lease we must find a new home,” he stated via press release.
“The club is committed to developing a proposal which is highly sustainable and community focused whilst providing a state-of-the-art destination for all. The further detail we have released today shows how seriously we take these principles, and I am delighted to share the first glimpse of our stadium with the whole of Oxfordshire.”
The club has completed 12 days of exhibitions, where the public saw the proposals and left their feedback.
The club stated; “The stadium has been designed for all, reducing barriers to participation and involvement. The stadium designs feature sensory rooms and a dedicated accessible concourse with elevated views of the field of play, demonstrating the club’s commitment in ensuring everyone is able to comfortably visit Oxford’s new home for football.”
Oxford United moved to Kassam Stadium in 2001 with construction having taken five years due to financial problems. The club had previously played at the Manor Ground since 1925.
For a full gallery of photos, you can view them here.