AFC Wimbledon will move into Plough Lane home on November 3

AFC Wimbledon will play their first match at their new Plough Lane home on November 3.

The Dons have used QPR’s Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium for the start of the 2020-21 campaign.

But Wimbledon will be able to host Doncaster Rovers at Plough Lane.

Dons chief executive Joe Palmer said: “If all goes to plan, the Doncaster game will mark a real milestone. Not only will we be opening the doors on our brand-new home, we will also be witnessing the start of a brand-new era for our club.

“The stadium itself is still largely due to be completed on October 25. Whilst there are a number of things that need to happen before then, such as connecting the electricity, erecting the floodlights and holding a test event for a behind-closed-doors match, we have no reason to think the stadium won’t be ready to host behind-close-door matches from then onwards.

“The test event will include a dry run of a behind-closed-doors match during the week following completion, when we will have all our essential backroom staff at the ground and the team will arrive as if it is getting ready to play a game.

“If that all goes smoothly, then we hope to be issued our final safety certificates to stage matches behind closed doors.

“Even then, the stadium won’t be entirely finished and we don’t expect a formal handover from our construction contractors, Buckingham, until early December as there are a few stadium works that won’t be completely finished by November 3.”


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