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Around the Grounds: Wasps

Adams Park in Buckinghamshire

Posted Aug 26, 2011 by Chris White

Wasps play at Adams Park

One of the most successful teams in the English Premiership, Wasps currently play their home matches at Adams Park, the ground owned by Wycombe Wanderers Football Club in Buckinghamshire.

The team, lead by new coach Dai Young, have played at the 10,500-seater stadium since 2002, having started out at Finchley Road in North London, then Sudbury in Middlesex, before another move to Loftus Road, the home of Queens Park Rangers FC.

The ground was built in 1990 but has undergone a number of developments. The Bucks New University Stand contains the club offices, Vere Suite, changine rooms and media facilities, and seats for 1,267 spectators, with an additional 232 standing spaces available purely on rugby days.

The Dreams Stand was originally terraced but doubled in size to seat 2,053 fans in 1996 and normally houses the away fans for football matches.

The Frank Adams Stand features the majority of hospitality boxes and suites, with 360 executive boxes and another 20 boxes. The stand is the largest at the ground and seats 4,990 fans over two tiers.

The Greene King IPA Terrae is the only remaining terraced stand in the ground, with room for 1,974 fans.

Having made the move to Adams Park, their average crowd increased by 31.8% on previous seasons. In 2007, it was announced that a joint venture between Wasps, Wycombe Wanderers and Wycombe District Council would fund a new stadium in the area. The favoured site appears to be Wycombe Air Park, a 208-acre site owned by the council and close to the M40.

It is currently leased until 2014, but plans are currently in place for a 16,000-capacity stadium with a terrace, making it the first stadium in England to build a new terrace since the Taylor Report called for their removal following the Hillsborough Stadium tragedy.

The development would include retail, hotel, conference and other facilities, with funding coming from Wycombe majority-shareholder Steve Hayes who owns a 25% stake in the club.

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