Wood stadium planned for world’s ‘greenest’ soccer club

Forest Green Rovers, dubbed the ‘greenest’ soccer club in the world, are planning to build the modern world’s first all-wood stadium. Matthew Stock reports.

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Forest Green Rovers could soon have a stadium to make the likes of Manchester United ‘green’ with envy.
This is the proposed vision of the non-league soccer club — the modern world’s first entirely wooden stadium.
Current stadium construction has a huge carbon footprint… but wood is the way forward, according to Forest Green.
Chairman Dale Vince, founder of green energy firm Ecotricity, says concrete is the main culprit.
SOUNDBITE (English) DALE VINCE, CHAIRMAN OF FOREST GREEN ROVERS AND FOUNDER OF ECOTRICITY, SAYING:
“If you look at the carbon impact of sports stadia through their working life, 75 percent of that impact comes from the materials that they’re made with, so it’s not the running cost. Wood is of course a very sustainable material, low in carbon. So that’s our starting point really — we’ll make it from the least impactful material that we can.”
The stadium will be the centre-piece for Eco Park, a planned £100 million sports and green technology business park.
It was designed by award winning firm…

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