Statement regarding AFC Bournemouth's proposals to build a new stadium at Kings Park

Posted on Friday 14th July 2017

Leader of the Council, Cllr John Beesley, said:

“We are extremely proud of the achievements of AFC Bournemouth and we recognise the importance of the club to both residents and fans.

“We will continue to work with the club and do all that is appropriate to help them progress with their ambition to build a new stadium in Kings Park. 

“ We understand the athletics stadium is a well-used facility which has grown in popularity amongst many groups including Bournemouth Athletics Club - those taking part in the parkrun, school’s sports days and Town Sports.

“We continue to support the presence of this facility at Kings Park as it plays an important role in encouraging and promoting sports, physical activity, and health and wellbeing in adults and children alike.  

“As part of the planning process we will work with AFC Bournemouth to undertake an additional feasibility study into the potential relocation of the athletics stadium.  This will involve discussions with all interested parties to ensure the needs of the club are met, alongside those of users of the park and the local community.”

We can confirm the Council has no plans to purchase the Vitality stadium