Top tier nears completion

The top tier at stadium:mk
The top tier at stadium:mk

Dons could be just weeks away from opening the top tier to fans as the final stages of work began at stadium:mk this week.

Six years after first opening its doors, the seats for the upper bowl were delivered to MK1 and installation work began on Monday as the final piece of chairman Pete Winkelman’s vision comes together.

The club must hold two test events with crowds in the top tier, in line with health and safety regulations, before it can officially open.

And they hope to announce which games could be subject to those test within the next few weeks.

The capacity of stadium:mk currently sits at 22,000, but with the addition of the upper tier, will be able to hold 32,000 people when the work is complete - one of the deciding factors in the decision to hold World Cup 2015 rugby matches in Milton Keynes.

Dons manager Karl Robinson said he was looking forward to playing at a completed stadium:mk, and that finishing the venue will annoy a lot of people in the footballing world, especially those who wrote the club off from the beginning.

“I’ve been here from the word go at this stadium,” he said. “And to see it nearing completion is brilliant. I’ve seen this club grow, I understand how much it means to the chairman.

“For all those who doubted - take a look. There will be a few people who are a little bit disappointed that it is finished.

“But the chairman said he’d do it. He is spending money on the future of Milton Keynes and where it will be in years to come.”