Football

The 'world's first wooden stadium'

By George Ramsay, for CNN

Updated 1123 GMT (1923 HKT) December 11, 2019
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English football club Forest Green Rovers has proposed to build a stadium made almost entirely out of timber. It has designed by Zaha Hadid Architects -- the firm behind the London Aquatics Centre, which was built for the 2012 Olympics. Located just outside the town of Stroud in western England, Forest Green's new home intends to complement the surrounding meadow landscape, as this computer-generated image depicts. Zaha Hadid Architects
Wood is not only naturally occurring, but offers a durable and sustainable alternative to concrete or steel. Forest Green chairman Dale Vince says the new ground will be "the greenest football stadium in the world." Zaha Hadid Architects
Fans will be as close as five meters to the pitch, enjoying unrestricted views of the game. The stadium will seat 5,000, with the potential of increasing the capacity to 10,000 dependent on the club's success. Zaha Hadid Architects
The stadium will be at the center of an Eco Park, bringing more events and activities to the local community. Zaha Hadid Architects
Despite narrowly failing to gain promotion out of the National League last year, Forest Green had more luck this season. A 3-1 play-off victory over Tranmere Rovers ended a 19-year spell playing in the fifth tier of English football.
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Chairman Dale Vince told CNN he thinks Forest Green can climb as high as the Championship -- the second tier. Will the club's fans have more to cheer about next season? Dan Mullan/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images