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Arsène Wenger Opens Boreham Wood FC’s New West Stand

Tue 22nd Jul 2014 | Football Stadiums & Facilities

Arsène Wenger opened Boreham Wood FC’s new West Stand at their Meadow Park ground, prior to Arsenal’s pre-season friendly win at the Hertfordshire club on Saturday.

The new stand was made possible thanks to a Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF) grant of £241,000, and replaces the previous West Stand which was constructed in the early 1970’s.

Arsenal and Boreham Wood FC share a longstanding relationship with Arsenal Ladies using the ground for FA Women’s Super League games where attendances have risen to an average of 688, with higher profile matches regularly attracting more than 1,000 spectators.

This increase is expected to continue to grow over the coming seasons, and the new stand will assist in attracting a wider family audience.

The FSIF is funded with £6m each year from the Premier League, and is the country’s largest provider of grants towards projects that help improve the comfort and safety of lower-league football grounds in both the professional and amateur game. These improvements range from new football stands and turnstiles to floodlighting and improved provision for disabled supporters.

Additional project funding came from the club itself, £164,000, Hertsmere Borough Council, £70,000, a personal contribution from the club chairman, £60,000, and Arsenal FC, £15,000.

Arsène Wenger said: “It was a great honour to open Boreham Wood FC’s new West Stand. It is an excellent facility which will allow the club to continue to develop. It will also be of great benefit to our Ladies and Academy sides, who play their home games at Meadow Park.

“I am very pleased that we were able to come together with Boreham Wood FC, the Football Stadia Improvement Fund and other funders to make this project a reality.”

Danny Hunter, Boreham Wood FC Chairman, said: “On behalf of our club I must thank Arsene Wenger for opening our new West Stand, it truly was a fitting way to mark the end of a project which has given Boreham Wood FC a first-class new facility.

“Special mentions must also go to the local Council, the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, the Football Conference League, the Women's Super League and Arsenal FC for turning a dream into reality.”

Premier League Chief Executive, Richard Scudamore, said: “Boreham Wood FC’s new stand is an outstanding example of how money from the Premier League is being used to build facilities that improves fans’ matchday experience as well as the financial sustainability of clubs at this level.

“The Premier League recognises that the grassroots of the game, feeding into the football pyramid, are fundamental to the continued success and future development of English football, which is why it is great to see Arsene Wenger giving up his time to officially open Boreham’s fantastic new stand.”

Peter McCormick, FSIF Chairman, said: “I am delighted that my colleagues and I were able to award this grant to Boreham Wood Football Club to allow them to build a new West Stand at their Meadow Park ground, and special thanks must go to Arsène Wenger for officially opening it.

“FSIF staff work hard to make sure that the funding that is generously provided by the Premier League each year goes as far as possible and benefits as many clubs and supporters as it possibly can.”

Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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