Brentford FC have played their first competitive fixture at their new Lionel Road stadium.
The new 17,250 seater stadium, a short distance from their former home, Griffin Park, which is now being redeveloped as homes, completed on schedule despite the coronavirus pandemic, and the club played their first fixture there, a second round League Cup tie which they won in a penalty shoot out.
The stadium development is an important part of the wider regeneration of the area known as Brentford East. It will deliver a stadium together with more than 900 new homes, a new purpose-built location for Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, and a public square with shops and cafes. The stadium will also be home to London Irish RFC, who have a licence to play at the venue.
After the game, Hounslow Council Leader Steve Curran, said: “It’s great to see the Bees playing in the fantastic new stadium – on TV if not yet in person – and well done to the lads for getting through to the next round of the Carabao Cup.
“It’s been an honour for Hounslow Council to work with the club to make the venue Covid-secure, and we’re delighted to see the results are already paying off. Brentford FC, having recently secured its highest league finish is over 70 years, is going places and the Council is right behind you.”
Brentford FC Chief Executive Jon Varney said: “Our partnership with the London Borough of Hounslow has been very much that, a true partnership. We’ve worked in collaboration with them through all the Covid protocols. We’ve been delighted to join the Hounslow Recovery board and we look forward to working with Cllr Curran and all the team at the Hounslow Council to improve the lives of everybody throughout and after the Covid-19 pandemic.”