Bristol City fans to have say in new Ashton Gate stadium look
Bristol City fans will be consulted "every step of the way" if the club goes ahead with ambitious plans to redevelop Ashton Gate.
The Championship club today unveiled a £40m scheme which, if it comes to fruition, would provide a 26,000-seat stadium facility to stage football and rugby in BS3.
And Robins fans can see the first images of what a redeveloped Ashton Gate would look like in today's Post.
City's spiritual home in south Bristol could be developed in stages over a three-year period to incorporate new stands where the existing Wedlock and Williams Stands are currently situated. The scheme also includes plans to renovate the Dolman Stand and the interior of the Atyeo Stand.
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Work could begin as early as the spring of 2014 and, when complete, increase existing capacity by seven thousand.
City directors are keen to involve supporters in their planning and fans will have a say in how a revamped Ashton Gate will look and feel.
Football managing director Jon Lansdown told The Post: "Fans would be consulted every step of the way. We will ask them what they think is required to enhance supporter experience.
"The stadium would be designed with fans in mind; there would be full engagement and consultation to ensure we represent the history and heritage of the club as fans would like.
"The club would also liaise with the local community to ensure that south Bristol ends up with a stadium all can be proud of."
History and heritage are at the heart of the new plans, which involve returning the East End to home fans and seating visiting supporters at the opposite end of the stadium, just as they did prior to construction of the Atyeo Stand in 1992.
The plans already include space for a club shop and museum of sport, as well as a large "Wedlock Pub area incorporated into the site.
The East End would be transformed, with the corners between the Williams and Dolman Stands filled in to increase capacity and improve the acoustics in what would essentially be a bowl-shaped stadium.
Fans would still be close to the pitch and the design would take into consideration supporter accessibility.
In an open letter to fans, Lansdown writes: "The stadium is being designed with you in mind. There will be consultation on all the elements that matter to supporters.
"We already have plans to include a brand-new museum of sport and shop into the redevelopment, plus a "Wedlock Pub" for fans on site.
"We will be looking for your help by engaging with you directly - and involving the Fans Parliament - to ensure the history and heritage of the club is at the heart of this redevelopment. We want your help with that."