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New East Stand Development at Watford FC

GL  events Seating and Stadia are transforming the East Stand at Watford Football Club,  providing home supporters with 2,600 new seats at Vicarage Road Stadium.   The development at the home of  the Hornets is centred around the old East Stand that was shut down on safety grounds. None of the  existing seating structure has been used by the public during that time. However,  the players changing facilities and associated amenities are still contained  beneath the stand, and remain fully operational as the club continues to play  home matches throughout the season.

Sherif  Harding, Stadia Development Manager for GL events Seating and Stadia, explains: “The  new stand has been designed and programmed sympathetically, with the aim of  delivering part of the new facility before the end of this season to ensure  that the Club can access much needed additional capacity in time for what will  hopefully be a final promotion push.

“To  make the development as time and cost efficient as possible, the design team has  utilised the existing topography and some of the original access infrastructure  to deliver the new stand.  This effectively means that safe egress can  been achieved by a combination of the reinstatement of some existing turnstile  blocks, supplemented by a system of new staircases and vomitories to complement  these entrance points.”

The build  programme sees heavy construction works commence at the northern end of the  site, with a view to moving the players into their newly fitted-out changing  facilities and commencing demolition of the last remaining section of the old  structure once that portion of the new grandstand has been completed.   This enables GL events Seating and Stadia to maintain a schedule, which does  not adversely affect the mid-season operation of the existing changing rooms.

Sherif added: “The new stand’s  design has been future-proofed to  enable additional facilities to be added as required. Once completed, the  stand will provide 2600 additional seats,  with the possibility of adding approximately 500 more seats through extending  the length of the structure at one end.”