Brentford delay move to Lionel Road Stadium until summer of 2020

28 Aug

Brentford will not move in to Lionel Road Stadium until the end of the 2019/20 season.

The Championship club were aiming to open their new ground in December 2019 but ‘operational challenges’ have resulted in a change of plans.

An artist’s impression of Brentford’s new stadium

It means the Bees will remain at Griffin Park for the entirety of next season.

The club said: “We are delighted to confirm to all our supporters and fans that Brentford FC will play a full final season at Griffin Park and then move to our new stadium at the end of the 2019/20 season and in good time to commence the 2020/21 season.

“Given the complexity of large-scale building works adjacent to railway lines, the need to anticipate the normal delays and problems that inevitably arise in a complicated construction project, and the operational challenges surrounding a mid-season move, our view is that an end of season move is best.

The club have been at Griffin Park since 1904

“This of course gives us the chance to give Griffin Park a proper full season’s send off as we mark the club’s 130th year during the 2019/20 season.”

Construction on the club’s new 17,250-seater Brentford Community Stadium commenced four months ago and the foundations are 90 percent laid.

They are expected to share their residency with rugby union side London Irish.