17 September 2020
OFFICIAL HANDOVER OF GRIFFIN PARK
After more than a century and more memories than can be counted, Brentford FC are no longer the owners of Griffin Park. The Bees have moved in to a new stadium and began life at our new home with a Carabao Cup win over Wycombe Wanderers. With our new home now ready for use, ownership of Griffin Park has changed hands.
Brentford FC moved in to Griffin Park – a former orchard initially leased from the Fuller, Smith and Turner brewery that is still associated with the Club – in 1904, and first played on the ground on 1 September that year, against Plymouth Argyle. The stadium saw top-flight football, redevelopment that took it to a highest capacity of more than 38,000, Second World War bombing and a fire before it was vacated last month. Once a safety certificate was achieved for the new stadium, ownership passed to EcoWorld London, Development Partner for our new stadium. That was completed earlier this week, in accordance with the legal agreements between the parties.
Cliff Crown, Brentford FC Chairman, said: “Tuesday 15 September was another momentous day in the Club’s history as we completed on the transfer of Griffin Park to EcoWorld. This brings an end to 116 years of ownership.
“However, it beckons a bright new era for the club with a fantastic new stadium to look forward to. For many fans this was nothing more than a pipedream but today it is a reality. We have much to look forward to and much to be thankful for.”