The Cherry Red Records Stadium- AFC Wimbledon
Information about Cherry Red Records stadium
Kingsmeadow (or Cherry Red Records stadium, for sponsorship reasons) first opened in 1989 with a friendly match involving previous owners Kingstonian FC and then First Division outfit Queens Park Rangers. With the Surrey based club forced into financial administration after being relegated to the conference along with the emergence of AFC Wimbledon, the two clubs harmoniously agreed a ground share deal.
When Wimbledon purchased the lease from Kingston Council in March 2003 it was agreed that they were to offer Kingstonian a renewable 25 year sublease and an annual pre-season friendly which would help cover some of the original owners debt.
Wimbledon FC previously played at Selhurst Park before relocating to MK at the start of the 2003/2004 season in a highly controversial move among fans of both the club and newly formed MK Dons.
There has been a massive investment in the stadium following the purchase of the stadium. The all seater, Main Stand has a modern look about it and accomadates 1,265 fans– despite being only eight rows right. The main bonus of this stand is there are no pillars obstructed fans views- something that isn’t all that common in older stadiums. The dug outs are located opposite the RyGas Stand, which leads the players and backroom staff to the changing rooms at half time and full time.
At one end there is the Chemflow Terrace, where the majority of the home fans stand. This is a modern looking cover situated close to the edge of the playing area, giving supporters a good view of the game. Opposite you will find the John Green Stand, this is another smart looking area which opened in mid 2012, playing host to a seated capacity of 1,000. The overall capacity of the stadium is 4,850 with a seated capacity of 2,265.
The John Green Stand section is where the away fans are positioned- adequately separated from the home support. There is also a small flat standing area next to the stand that also leads to the refreshment area and toilets.
Adult tickets cost £20 or £17 for terrace positioning depending on what stand you would like to sit in, with the Chemflow End the more expensive of the two. While concession prices start from £11 and child tickets will set you back £5. Seated tickets are a little more expensive, with prices for adults ranging from £29 to £24, concessions between £18 and £15 and finally child tickets costing between £10 and £13; all prices are subject to change dependant on the competition.
There is also hospitality on offer for £30 per person. Here you will receive a three-course meal, tea and coffee, complimentary programme and a pre-match briefing from the home manager. When it entered League 1 in the 2014/15 season, it was the smallest stadium in the league. There are currently no stadium tours available.
If you want to attend a game you can find the Cherry Red Records Stadium at Jack Goodchild Way, 422a Kingston Road, KT1 3PB. Noribiton station is the easiest to reach the stadium from, with the stadium a 15 minute walk from exiting the station.
It is an excited period in the history of the club as they have recently announced that they are to build their own new stadium on the old Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium. It is widely expected that the stadium will take 13 months to complete with initial capacity of 11,000, rising to 20,000 in the future.