The design aims to provide the clubs with a unique stadium which will become recognisable with their identity.
The design aims to provide excellent spectator viewing whilst creating an exciting match day atmosphere to be enjoyed by all supporters. This is achieved by enclosing the overall stadium form and ensuring close proximity of each stand to the pitch.
The stadium consists of four individual stands, the main stand (East Stand) accommodating the hospitality guests, players and media while three unique stands providing spectator viewing to the overall capacity of 8,000.
The stadium internally is dominated by the colourful seating pattern, combining a mixture of red, white and blue seats incorporating the colours of both clubs.
The four individual stands stretch along the length of the playing field, with each of the corners enclosed by associated stadium facilities; including match day emergency services, stewarding, groundsman accommodation, plant space and a feature supporter fan zone within the South East corner. The fan zone between the south and east stands provides the home supporters with a covered external space to enjoy the build up to the match, whilst distinguishing one of the main feature entrances to the stadium.
The stand roofs are tiered around the stadium, with the main stand tying in with the adjacent retail and community facilities, whilst the roof steps down to the East and South Stands and again to the North stand, providing a impressive design feature.
The Community Hub provides the designated entrance for players, officials and Hospitality guests to three levels of East Stand accommodation. The entrance will be defined by the Club logos.
The pitch will be reinforced natural grass with provision to counter frost. The Football pitch dimensions will be 105m x 68m, with 3m wide run-off’s on the sides and 6.5m behind the goals in line with the FIFA Football Stadiums Technical recommendations and requirements document which states all matches at the top professional level , including major international and domestic games, should have pitch dimensions of 105 x 68m. The Rugby League pitch dimensions will be 100m x 68m with 6m in-goal areas. Run-off’s will be 3m on the sides and 3m after the dead ball lines. Fibre sand pitches have been constructed for and are in use at: Stoke City; Crystal Palace; Nottingham Forest; Middlesbrough; Wigan (Rugby League and Football); Rotherham; Salford Stadium (Rugby League and Union)
Total Stadium Capacity – 8,005
East Stand Capacity – 3398 including 32 wheelchair places
West Stand Capacity – 2250 including 41 wheelchair places
North Stand Capacity – 897 including 7 wheelchair places
South Stand Capacity – 1460