New year, new home for AFC Fylde

Progress being made on the new AFC Fylde stadium in Wesham
Progress being made on the new AFC Fylde stadium in Wesham

AFC Fylde’s £18m Mill Farm Sports Village development is moving on apace as the countdown continues to the club’s move to its plush new home at Wesham. 

Floodlight masts towering over the East Stand are among the latest features to be installed and dominate the skyline.

The steel framework of the stand has been completed and now awaits terracing, due to be started imminently.

In the West Stand, the concrete flooring on the roof, second floor and first floor is complete and the ground floor is expected to be within the next few days. The walls also have started to go up on the first floor, while the terracing at the front of the stand is also well on the way to completion

Mill Farm chief executive David Chell said: “We are delighted that work is full steam ahead and is on course for completion on time in the summer.

“There are great things happening at the club and anyone who has seen the development will agree it is looking fantastic.

“It is incredible how quickly the stadium has risen up from the ground.

“We are very excited about unveiling the stadium and a host of bars and restaurants that will be housed within.

“We will also be offering matchday hospitality to rival some of the top clubs in the country.

“Construction work continued right up until Christmas and they were back in first thing on Monday morning to get things back underway this new year.

“We will be looking to recruit new staff in the near future so it’s an exciting time to be involved with the club.”

Along with a 6,000-capacity new home for the Conference North club, the Sports Village will include a 290-capacity sports bar, an 80-seat restaurant with roof terrace, a 40-seat café, conference and event facilities across nine rooms and five- and seven-a-side pitches for community use. An Aldi supermarket is also planned for the site.

While the on-field aim is for AFC Fylde – currenty based atr Kellamergh Park, Warton and chasing proimition to the Vanarama National League – to kick off the 2016-17 season at their new home, it is hoped Bradley’s Sports Bar on the site will be available for use by June in time for fans to enjoy TV coverage of the Euro 2016 tournament from France.

The work on the Sports Village, just off Fleetwood Road and close to junction three of the M55, is being carried out by Kirkham firm Warden Construction.