Non-league club Forest Green Rovers to build eco-friendly wooden ground
Forest Green Rovers' new stadium will be the first in the world to be entirely made of wood.
The non-league club held a competition to design their new 5,000-seat ground, which will be the centrepiece of the £100 million Eco Park development near Stroud, Gloucestershire, and received more than 50 designs from architects around the world.
Zaha Hadid Architects -- the firm that designed a stadium for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and the London Aquatics Centre -- came up with the winning idea.
"The really standout thing about this stadium is that it's going to be almost entirely made of wood -- the first time that will have been done anywhere in the world," Forest Green chairman Dale Vince said.
"We've done as much as we can to make our current stadium properly sustainable, but we are limited with what we can do. It simply wasn't built with the environment in mind.
"At Eco Park, we've started with a blank sheet of paper, and we'll be going further than anyone has done before. This really will be the greenest football stadium in the world."