Due to sponsorship, the Brentford Community Stadium in West London is now called as the Gtech Community Stadium. It is the home field for both the English Premier League team Brentford and the Premiership Rugby club London Irish.
With a capacity of 17,250, the stadium can host both rugby union and association football games. The stadium, which is scheduled to open in 2020, is at the center of plans to revitalize the neighborhood by adding new residences and business prospects. It was applied during the England-hosted UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 (Euros).
History on the Gtech Community Stadium
After years of rumors about a potential move, Brentford Football Club revealed in October 2002 that they will be moving to a 20,000-capacity stadium next to Kew Bridge. This contained a bold monorail idea that was later removed from the plan. The idea was abruptly brought back to the public’s attention in late 2007 after several years of uncertainty when the club revealed that it had acquired an option on the location.
A collaboration agreement with Barratt Homes to develop the land was announced in February 2008 as a result.
When the club purchased the 7.6-acre (31,000 m2) land in Lionel Road, Brentford, from Barratt Homes, who had initially acquired the site in January 2008, the team’s intention to move to a new community stadium took a huge step ahead. In time for the 2016–17 season, the club planned to erect a 20,000–seat stadium on the property, with the potential to expand to 25,000. Hounslow Council granted the club authority for the new stadium in December 2013, and the government and the mayor of London also granted their consent in December 2013.
The focus then turned to purchasing the last piece of land needed for the development of the flats and finishing the development agreement. Although negotiations went on, a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) was approved for the remaining land in the summer of 2014. Despite ongoing negotiations, a number of CPO objections led to a second hearing in September 2015. Willmott Dixon and the development agreement were both signed in December 2014. The CPO was granted in April 2016, and the procedure was finished on September 1 of that same year.
The rugby union team London Irish declared on August 15, 2016, that negotiations with the borough for a move to the new stadium as tenants of Brentford were still ongoing. Irish were playing in Reading, Berkshire, but they wanted to return to the city. On February 9, 2017, a revised application to utilize the stadium for rugby in addition to its primary use as a football venue was approved, effectively allowing London Irish to play there beginning with the stadium’s inaugural season. Later, it was made official that they would relocate to Brentford for the inaugural campaign.
On March 24, 2017, the new stadium’s construction officially got underway with site preparation and clearing. The bulk of the work started in spring 2018.
Brentford announced on August 30, 2020, that the stadium was finished and prepared to host football games. Brentford and Oxford United tied 2-2 at the stadium’s inaugural football game on September 1, 2020, which served as a preseason exhibition. Before Oxford United produced a late comeback, Sergi Canos had given Brentford a 2-0 lead at home. On September 6, Brentford hosted Wycombe Wanderers in the first round of the EFL Cup. This was the first competitive game. Ethan Pinnock of Brentford scored first to tie the game at 1 after regulation. The game was decided by a penalty shootout, which Brentford won 4-2. Josh Dasilva, Bryan Mbeumo, and Marcus Forss scored in the team’s 3-0 victory over Huddersfield Town in the first league game played at the stadium on September 19.
On November 29, 2020, London Irish played their first game at the stadium and defeated Leicester Tigers 22-9. London Irish player Curtis Rona scored the opening try.
To enable safe-standing during games, the whole West Stand and the north-east corner of the stadium were converted to rail-seating during the summer of 2022. This was made feasible as a result of the government’s decision to modify the law to permit licensed safe-standing following a successful government-commissioned trial held the season before.
Brentford signed a 10-year agreement with British technology company Gtech on July 28, 2022. The arrangement included naming rights for the stadium, which was renamed the Gtech Community Stadium at that time.
Other uses of the stadium
One of several potential locations for the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 competition was the stadium. It hosted Group B matches between Germany and Denmark on July 8, 2022, Germany and Spain on July 12, 2022, and Denmark and Spain on July 16, 2022, as well as the quarterfinal between Germany and Austria (21 July 2022).
How to get there
Getting to Gtech Community Stadium with Public Transportation
If you’re going to take the train or the tube to the stadium, please take into account all of the eight stations that are within a 20-minute walk of the stadium and see if you can combine a healthy walk with your trip!
One train runs every 30 minutes on Saturdays (and one every hour on Sundays) and every 15 minutes on weekdays from the closest stop, Kew Bridge (up to 10pm, then every 30 minutes until the last train).
The stadium is serviced by routes 65, 237, 267, 391, H91, 65/N65, and N9.
Fans are encouraged to check tfl.gov.uk or other travel management applications for the most recent information about bus routes.
Arriving at Gtech Community Stadium by car
Click here to view Gtech Community Stadium on Google Maps.
Sat Nav: TW8 0RU (stadium address)
In close proximity to Kew Bridge railway station, the stadium is situated on a 7.6 acre (31,000 m2) plot off Lionel Road. It is located in the center of a triangle formed by three freight-oriented rail lines. A plan to use one of these freight lines to extend Crossrail to Hounslow via Kew Bridge has been promoted by Hounslow Council. According to the overview document, a station might be constructed to service the Lionel Road site. Although it is unlikely to be included in the first stage of the Crossrail project, the concept might be added to the route in the future. The District line and London Overground both stop at Gunnersbury, the closest station on the London Underground.
EST, the parking partner, also manages a number of additional matchday parking lots on our behalf. These must be reserved in advance and will be accessible through the website listed below. As the game draws near, the list of possible venues may be amended as we have a number of viable sites and may open additional sites if there is a demand.