Wrexham AFC have released the first images of the new-look designs of the proposed Kop development.

Earlier this month, the club submitted planning permission to Wrexham Council to knock-down the existing stand at the Racecourse ground, as momentum for the new 5,500 seater stand gathers pace.

Now the club have released the first images of what the new Kop is set to look like.

The stand is set to include a hospitality lounge, office and retail space for the club, along with facilities for the Wrexham AFC Community Trust to enhance their work further.

There will be space for 5,000 fans, and will be in the form of a seat with a rail in-front, to allow the club to meet the UEFA criteria. The club will install an example of the new seating in the ground car park over the next four weeks.

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There will also be a 500 corporate seating with direct access from the hospitality lounge.

Accessible seating will be available at elevated positions throughout the stand, improving accessibility and providing unparalleled views for fans with restricted mobility.

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The club say that the external elevations have been designed to recognise Wrexham’s link with the coal mining industry, a theme that will be continued in the public realm areas around the Kop.

The matchday concourse area will become an exhibition space for events on non-match days, to address the current gap in the local market and generate more economic activity and profile to benefit the town.

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Co-chairmen Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds said they had wanted to restore the disused stand and have encouraged people to back their planning application.

A statement from the pair said: “Back in February 2021, when we first became custodians of the club, it was identified that reverting the Racecourse Ground to a four-sided stadium was a priority for us.

“The desire to achieve this objective has only been multiplied by the fact that the sold-out signs were a regular feature at the Racecourse Ground, and we want the club to be accessible to everyone, so the increased capacity is key to achieving this.

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“We would encourage everyone to support the planning application when it is submitted and would like to thank Wrexham Council, Welsh Government & Wrexham Glyndwr University (together the Gateway Partnership) who are fully committed to making the new Kop a reality.

“Finally, a big thank you to our design team, AFL Architects, Gardiner & Theobald, Ramboll, Savills and Royal Pilgrim.”

A statutory consultation period of one month will commence on July 1, 2022, and comments will be collated on the Club’s behalf at www.online-consultations.co.uk/wrexhamkopstand

During this consultation period, the Club intends to meet with as many organisations as possible who have an interest in the development including local resident organisations, local councillors and groups.

After which, the club will submit a planning application to Wrexham County Borough Council for permission to deliver the new Kop Stand.

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Funding for the Kop will come from Public and Private sectors, with the club making a significant contribution towards the overall cost.

The Public sector funding, that is being sought from the Levelling Up Fund Bid to the UK Government, is intended to ensure the Racecourse can be 'the stadium for the north' meeting the requirements of hosting international sporting events.

The Wales men's senior football team last played an international at the Racecourse in 2019 while the Welsh men's rugby union side has also staged internationals at the Racecourse including a 2003 World Cup warm up game.

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