Dorking Wanderers FC kicks off the season in style thanks to eye-catching tunnel
Players at the newly promoted Dorking Wanderers FC kicked off their season in style when they emerged from an eye-catching red tunnel.
The vibrant retractable walkway, installed by Spaciotempo, is the icing on the cake of the club’s new £8 million Meadowbank football ground, managed by Surrey FA.
Mole Valley District Council invested £5 million into the community focussed sports centre while a £500,000 grant from the Sport England Improvement Fund was put towards new football facilities.
The stadium’s crowning glory is a lightweight aluminium tunnel measuring 4.12m wide by 4.5m long and 2.99m high when fully extended.
It was required to meet FA guidelines after the club won a place in the Bostik Premier League Division in 2017.
The walkway not only provides protection for players, it acts as an ideal showcase for the logo of Dorking Wanderers’ sponsors Stonegate Homes.
The club’s own distinctive blue, white and red crest is also emblazoned on the PVC cover.
The semi-professional players will emerge from the tunnel between 30 and 40 times this season while teams competing in the County Cup Finals will also use it.
Surrey FA Chief Executive Caroline McRoyall said: “The club has had a great 12 months with its promotion and moving to an amazing new facility funded by Mole Valley District Council and the Sport England Improvement Fund.
“Now that it is competing against clubs from further afield and in bigger fixtures, it is important that Dorking Wonderers gives off the right impression to rivals. This eye-catching tunnel certainly reflects the team’s overall message that it means business.
“It really is a stand-out feature at the new ground and is definitely a talking point for fans and players. The tunnel not only looks great, it is hard-wearing, easy to use and promotes the club’s badge as well as its sponsor’s logo. Spaciotempo offered excellent quality at a good price – we couldn’t ask for any more.”