Bristol Rovers begin first work on Memorial Stadium redevelopment

18 May 2018

Bristol Rovers have begun work on their redevelopment of the Memorial Stadium.

After plans for a new stadium in conjunction with the University of the West of England (UWE) fell through last season after years of discussions the club confirmed their next step would be to redevelop their existing ground stand by stand in the coming years.

Today the club announced the addition of a new seated Family Stand that will be constructed on the North side of the East terrace.

The new stand will increase the number of seats by 341 but the overall capacity of the ground will be decided by the Safety Advisory Group (SAG) who will review the matter when the new stand has been installed.

In a statement as the club confirmed their season tickets are on general sale, they said: "This new seating area will be covered and will provide a great viewing perspective of the game as an alternative to the Family Enclosure for those who wish to be seated.

"Tickets within this stand can only be purchased with an U-16 or U-11 season ticket. Existing season ticket holders who wish to upgrade to this stand can do so from Wednesday also."

"Tickets will remain affordably priced for all Junior season tickets, with U-11 prices starting at just £1.00 per game and U-16s able to purchase a season ticket from just over £5.00 per game."

The club have been working hard since the final home game of the season to improve the playing surface at the Mem, ripping it up after the 1-1 draw with Gillingham.

The pitch at the Memorial Stadium has come under intense criticism this season as managers and players have continually slated the condition of the surface.

It was revealed earlier this season that a mistake with the sand used on the pitch had led to the poor conditions seen throughout the campaign, and the club confirmed a few months ago that they would be relaying the pitch in the summer.

A new fibre pitch is currently being laid.