Wolverhampton Wanderers

Graham Hughes Stand reconstruction

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Overview

Home of Wolverhampton Wanderers, Molineux Stadium can accommodate over 30,000 fans, with 846 of those seats located in the Graham Hughes Stand. Following a routine ground inspection, significant structural deficiencies were identified in this area, resulting in a need for redevelopment to ensure spectator safety.

Loss of revenue

After the previous stadium developer let them down, Wolverhampton Wanderers approached Stadia by GL events to restore the stand and make it structurally sound, enabling the club to maximise its matchday capacity and revenue.

Site challenges

Throughout the reconstruction, there were four major challenges. These included the development of the foundations, the use of the existing superstructure and the complex ground conditions. However, despite the difficulties, Stadia by GL events produced a viable, cost-effective solution, which included the management of the entire groundworks and structural works.

A new concrete foundation offered increased strength to support crowd loads, which is complemented by a fully-galvanised structural steel substructure, for added durability and corrosion resistance. Alongside a fully compliant, new staircases to support the grandstand structure above.

Welcoming back full capacity

It took three months to complete, and the newly reinforced Graham Hughes Stand was officially re-opened in 2022, which was welcome news for all supporters. The stand gives more spectators the chance to watch the upcoming matches, which means the stadium can return to its original capacity and boost revenue.

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The newly restored stand has returned Molineux to its full capacity, enabling the club to maximise matchday revenue. We are extremely pleased with the results and look forward to working with Stadia by GL events again in the future.

Steve SuttonFacilities, Safety & Security Director - Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

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