‘Epic’ City Ground proposal as Nottingham Forest send stadium message

A proposed redevelopment of the City Ground has sparked debate among Nottingham Forest fans as the club consider moving to a new site.

Nottingham-based architect Matt Drewitt has designed alternative plans for the Reds’ home. He says tearing down the stadium and rebuilding with the pitch at a different angle would allow Forest to remain at their current location with an increased capacity.

In recent days, Reds owner Evangelos Marinakis and chairman Tom Cartledge have both talked about the possibility of building a new ground elsewhere. A site in Toton, a few kilometers from Nottingham city centre, has been identified as a potential option.

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Marinakis sees the construction of a 50,000-seat stadium and a new training ground on the same complex as a way to “take the club to the next level”. He said the move to a bigger facility would “put the club on the right track”.

However, such a proposal divided opinion among fans. Some supporters can see the merits behind lifting the sticks, while others feel passionately the opposite.

Drewitt, who studied in the city and passed his ideas on to his best friend, who supports Forest, believes he has come up with a possible solution. He is keen for his creation not to be seen as stepping on anyone’s toes, but rather as an alternative to what might be possible in Forest’s current location and a means of sparking debate. His proposal certainly achieved the latter. Below is a look at what fans had to say about Drewitt’s designs, which can be viewed in full,