Wrexham AFC has got the green light for its new temporary stand, which will open at 80% capacity.
The League Two football club erected the temporary structure, which has a capacity of 2,289 and can accommodate an additional 20 wheelchairs, after it was revealed in September that the new permanent Kop stand would not be ready for the start of the 2024-25 season as anticipated.
The club indicated that “good progress” was being made on the temporary stand’s licence application, and it has been revealed that it will open at 80% capacity.
Wrexham stated in September that the new Kop stand at the Racecourse Ground will not be completed for the start of the 2024-25 season, citing a lack of a start date on site. The build duration has been scheduled at 12 months, and it is unclear how long the temporary stand will be in place.
Wrexham maintained in January that it was moving on with plans to refurbish the Kop end despite losing Levelling Up funds, with Morgan Sindall named the preferred contractor for the project.
However, the Kop stand, will be a significant shift for the club once again being able to take its place on the roster of venues capable of hosting international football.
The Wrexham Gateway project, which involves the reconstruction of the Racecourse Ground, was not one of the 11 Welsh projects that received government financing. The new stand, which will seat 5,500 people, has been a top objective for co-chairmen Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds since they took over the club in February 2021.
The Racecourse Ground is currently named as STōK Cae Ras | STōK Racecourse Stadium due to a sponsorship agreement with US-based STōK Cold Brew Coffee.
Reynolds and McElhenney are committed to their ultimate goal, to push the club all the way to the Premier League, and are determined to have a stadium fit for the occasion.