LUTON has unveiled stunning design plans for its new Premier League style stadium.
The Hatters are on the verge of returning to the top flight for the first time since 1992 and the first time since the Premier League was formed.
And ahead of the Championship play-off final against Coventry on May 27, the club have released pictures of their final design for their new 23,000-seat stadium at Power Court.
The new site will be just over a mile from their current home on Kenilworth Road – which has drawn criticism as it is a potential Prem site.
The club’s website said the site would be in the heart of Luton town center and would serve as the focal point of a redevelopment program on a 20-acre site at Luton railway station.
Luton also announced that ground work on the new stadium should begin by the turn of the year.
This is due to progress in relocating the existing substation in the center of the site as well as plans to develop the River Lea.
They estimate the construction time at 24 to 30 months.
Luton CEO Gary Sweet, who urged Prem stars like Erling Haaland to embrace Kenilworth in an interview with SunSport, spoke of his enthusiasm for the project.
He said: “We are delighted that the infrastructure element is now underway, allowing us to develop the details of the stadium design and in particular to work hard to capture the core features that make Kenilworth Road so atmospheric, so intimate and so special to make us.”
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“This season, perhaps more than any other, has showcased the incredible relationship we all have with The Kenny and that has been the driving force behind our design work…”
“We know that everyone is desperately waiting for the opening of the new stadium – and so are we!”
“It is clearly an extremely complicated project but the main objective has always been to maintain the architectural quality and create a stadium that emulates an essential, unique character that we are all so familiar with, but which is also fit and ready to to grace the Premier League stage.”
The blueprints shared by the club represent the first phase of construction, resulting in a capacity for 19,500 people, a third of which will be a secure stand area.
This is followed by a second phase with an expansion of 4,000, which can be expanded as needed.
Michael Moran, Luton’s Chief Operating Officer, added: “The next phase is now working in partnership with Luton Council and key stakeholders such as the Environment Agency and Historic England as we guide them all through our detailed design process.”
“We are also working with contractors as we complete certain building works but our target for completion is 2026 regardless of the club’s league position.”
“We also mustn’t lose sight of the fact that the stadium will create a whole new neighborhood for Luton with 1,200 homes, leisure facilities, restaurants, bars, retail and community spaces.”
“It’s incredibly exciting to be at the forefront of the district’s broader redevelopment plans.”