Wrexham AFC’s new Hollywood owners have promised to turn the club’s Racecourse Ground into one of the top venues in the country.

In an update to fans Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, the stars of Deadpool and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, said they would make sure the football club would benefit the community of the town.

As part of their big plans they hope to see Tom Jones perform at the Racecourse, the world’s oldest international football ground.

In a joint statement to fans, McElhenney and Reynolds said: “The commitment was to explore the renovation of the Racecourse ground and improve the venue for the club, for international matches and perhaps the occasional Tom Jones gig.”

As part of the plans the club wants to see the Kop end of the ground rebuilt into a 5,000 seater stand.

The Kop end has been closed for 14 years over safety issues, but plans released recently could see major redevelopments of the ground and surrounding areas as part of the Wrexham Gateway project.


Rob McElhenney and Reynolds added: “Our ambition is to see the Racecourse Ground as the preferred venue in north Wales for hosting international sporting and other events. Conversations in this regard have already commenced with the FA of Wales with others due to follow. We believe ‘preferred’ should also mean more often.

“The only drawback with these development plans, is that the close season is a vital time for the works to take place, so Tom Jones and others may have to wait a little longer to make an appearance.”

The ambitious plans for the historic ground were welcomed by Cllr Marc Jones whose ward includes the home of Welsh football.

Cllr Ward said: “Wrexham is north Wales' biggest town and it needs to have something like this happening. For most of the history of Welsh football Wrexham has been the home of the national team, so the chance to see top sports events back here would be great. I look forward to seeing these plans become reality with the new owner's help."

The new ownership also promised to make sure fans continue to have a say in how the club is run.

As well as redeveloping the ground the statement added that the club is looking for new training facilities for the club’s teams.

The statement added: “We have identified one potential site for a permanent training facility in the local area and the search continues. We believe we need a site in excess of 22 acres to ensure that it meets both our current and future requirements. This work will continue during the season.”

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