Survey finds majority back move to Old Oak Common
Queens Park Rangers
says its plans to move to a new stadium at Old Oak Common has the support of a huge majority of funs.
In May, the club asked fans to take part in a survey about the move. Over 8,000 responded, and the club says it has now been through all the answers and comments, which will be given to the stadium architects, Populous.
A few key findings from the survey were as follows:
- An overwhelming majority of fans were in favour of the club’s plans to build a new stadium at Old Oak Common
- As expected there is a strong desire to capture the essence of Loftus Road and make sure that the new stadium takes on as much as possible of the features which makes Loftus Road a memorable home
- 85% of respondents favoured a capacity of between 30-40,000 for the new stadium, with 35,000 being the most popular option
- 62% of respondents would prefer the new stadium to have a rectangular shape, which was more than double the number of respondents (30%) who would prefer the new stadium to be oval
- 56% of respondents want to see two tiered stands behind each goal at the new stadium and over 67% of respondents want the stands to be steep with the preservation of Loftus Road’s atmosphere and proximity to the pitch being the key driver
- A large number of fans expressed the importance of stadium acoustics in generating a good atmosphere
QPR says as well as completing the multiple-choice answers, many supporters chose to offer their own ideas of how to create a stadium QPR can be proud of and it is really grateful for all of them.
The club's statement continues: " The stadium and wider regeneration at Old Oak is a complex project and there will undoubtedly be many issues along the process, but everyone involved is working hard with the relevant authorities to move the plans forward.
"We continue to make good progress and have the support of the authorities to delivering a stadium led regeneration.
" We will keep supporters involved and will continue with consultations about the new stadium’s design in due course.
Thank you for your continued support."
QPR unveiled plans for a new 40,000 seater stadium in December last year. The stadium is planned as part of a major regeneration project in the Old Oak area in West London.
In December, club Chairman, Tony Fernandes, said: " Loftus Road is – and always will be – a special place for the club and our supporters, but we need more than an 18,000 capacity.
" With no option of expanding here, we have to look elsewhere and we welcome the Mayor’s and Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s commitment to regenerate the area, which includes an option to develop a new stadium at Old Oak as a key catalyst to bring forward redevelopment, cementing our future in this part of West London."
July 7, 2014