POSTED 20 June 2018 General

Football Ground or Residential Premises ?

Over the last 15 years we’ve seen a trend in football clubs relocating premises to accommodate larger crowds and introduce state of the art football facilities to the club and fans alike. Here at House Network we’re taking a look at what happens when former footballing grounds are turned into residential housing or flats.


1.  West Ham – Boleyn Ground (Upton Park)

West Ham’s Upton Park stadium was home to the Hammers for 112 years, with a capacity of over 35,000. The site was demolished in 2016 and the new development, Upton Gardens, is currently under construction. Boasting 842 new homes, new proposed neighbourhood facilities will include community space and a public library. One, two and three bedroom apartments are currently available from £349,990 to £514,990.

upton gardens

2.  Arsenal – Highbury

Located in North London, Highbury stadium was home to the Gunners for 93 years, with a capacity of over 38,000. In 2006, Arsenal football club relocated to their new premises, a stone’s throw away at the Emirates Stadium.

highbury 

The new Highbury Square is constructed within the grounds of the former stadium, and includes the preserved facades of the listed East and West stands. With 650 apartments, the new residential site was opened in 2009 by old Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger. Offering one, two and three bedroom flats starting from £435,000, the penthouse went on the market in 2017 for a staggering £1.1m. 

highbury front

3.  Cardiff City – Ninian Park

Built in 1910, Ninian Park was home to the Bluebirds for 99 years, with a capacity of 21,500. In 2009, the Welsh club relocated to Cardiff City Stadium and the old Ninian Park site was demolished and replaced with 142 homes of which 17 were allocated to families on council waiting lists as part of an affordable housing drive.

cardiff


4.  Coventry City – Highfield Road

Home to the League 1 side Coventry City for 106 years, Highfield Road had a capacity of over 23,000. After the team’s final game at the stadium in April 2005, the Highfield road site was closed and demolished in 2006 and the regeneration work looked to provide housing on the areas which were originally the car parks and stands. The playing surface was re-laid with grass so that the local children could continue the tradition of playing football on that space, with a plaque laid to commemorate its previous use. 

coventry 

5.  Leicester City – Filbert Street

Famous for winning the Premier League title in 2016, the Leicester City Foxes relocated to the Kingpower Stadium after 111 years at Filbert Street. With a capacity of 22,000, Filbert Street was sold for £3.25m and the site developed into student housing to accommodate students of De Montfort University and the University of Leicester

filbert village 

So whether or not former footballing grounds are being converted into luxury accommodation or other housing, there is clearly an appetite for developers looking to cash in on old footballing premises. As the football industry continues to thrive, the question is, which stadium will be next?