Wrexham’s Hollywood owners plan new 55,000 stadium bigger than Chelsea | Football

Wrexham AFC will be playing League One football next season (Picture: Getty)

Wrexham AFC’s Hollywood owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney have revealed plans for a new stadium bigger than Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge.

Reynolds and McElhenney are on a mission to take Welsh club Wrexham from the fifth-tier National League all the way up to the top-level Premier League.

The two actors, best known for their roles in Deadpool and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, have led Wrexham to a historic double promotion to League One.

With Wrexham having clinched a spot in the third-tier for the 2024-25 campaign, they now just need two more promotions to reach the lucrative Premier League.

Reynolds and McElhenney have already transformed the club into a worldwide brand, using their Hollywood status to pull in huge sponsors such as TikTok.

They also produced a critically-acclaimed TV show, Welcome to Wrexham, which has seen the club become widely followed in the USA and around the world.

Reynolds and McElhenney now want to dramatically increase the capacity of Wrexham’s Racecourse Ground stadium from 12,600 all the way up to 55,000.

Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds at the FYC event for 'Welcome To Wrexham' held at the Television Academy in LA, California

Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds have huge plans for Wrexham (Picture: Getty)

‘We have a plan in place right now that would eventually work from stand to stand, so eventually you get all four sides,’ McElhenney told Collider.

‘It’s hard to say for sure, but we think we could get between 45-and-55,000 people in there. Like the whole town could come to the game.’

Should Wrexham’s capacity eventually go all the way up to 55,000, it would be significantly bigger than Chelsea’s 40,341-capacity Stamford Bridge.

That would be an interesting development given Wrexham have never played English top-flight football in their entire 160-year history, while Chelsea are six-time English champions and two-time European champions.

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But it goes to show just how successful Reynolds and McElhenney have been in growing Wrexham’s brand, with huge interest in the team in the United States.

Reynolds and McElhenney wanted a new stand open for the start of this season but ongoing delays saw a temporary stand erected instead. ‘It’s a lot harder to build in the UK than almost anywhere else in the world,’ McElhenney added.


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