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So why do MK Dons have such an absurdly big stadium? 23:26 - Sep 17 with 4411 viewsIllinoisblue

Just overly ambitious/mistaken idea of potential support?

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So why do MK Dons have such an absurdly big stadium? on 23:34 - Sep 17 with 3672 viewslinhdi

Enabling development for the vast retail park that surrounds it. So, they had to attract a major football club. They tried Watford. Then nearly trapped QPR. But, in the end, the amoral owners of Wimbledon gave in.
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So why do MK Dons have such an absurdly big stadium? on 01:20 - Sep 18 with 3478 viewsGuthrum

I actually thought, for a modern concrete bowl, it was unusually attractive, especially the open concourse. And the comfy seats, not that any Town fan used them.

Just need a few more MK supporters. If we didn't outnumber them, it was close.

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So why do MK Dons have such an absurdly big stadium? on 01:28 - Sep 18 with 3468 viewswkj

So why do MK Dons have such an absurdly big stadium? on 01:20 - Sep 18 by Guthrum

I actually thought, for a modern concrete bowl, it was unusually attractive, especially the open concourse. And the comfy seats, not that any Town fan used them.

Just need a few more MK supporters. If we didn't outnumber them, it was close.


It is curious how it draws so few in, I mean, it is a decent stadium as you say, despite the jaded history it could be a cracking club

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So why do MK Dons have such an absurdly big stadium? on 07:48 - Sep 18 with 3088 viewsBLUEBEAT

So why do MK Dons have such an absurdly big stadium? on 01:28 - Sep 18 by wkj

It is curious how it draws so few in, I mean, it is a decent stadium as you say, despite the jaded history it could be a cracking club


I think it will be in time.

I like the stadium (for a new one) and I like the town, which also has a decent catchment area.

Only ‘big’ clubs nearby are Luton(!) and Watford.

They’re targeting the future with free (season)tickets for the youth.

Despite his creepy persona, their owner seems a decent sort.

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So why do MK Dons have such an absurdly big stadium? on 08:11 - Sep 18 with 2986 viewsLeaky

So why do MK Dons have such an absurdly big stadium? on 01:28 - Sep 18 by wkj

It is curious how it draws so few in, I mean, it is a decent stadium as you say, despite the jaded history it could be a cracking club


Probably the same problem a lot of clubs in the lower leagues have , easy rail links to London & North West. Makes it easy to get to Premier League clubs or Championship teams. I know Posh have the same problem.
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So why do MK Dons have such an absurdly big stadium? on 08:16 - Sep 18 with 2959 viewsartsbossbeard

So why do MK Dons have such an absurdly big stadium? on 07:48 - Sep 18 by BLUEBEAT

I think it will be in time.

I like the stadium (for a new one) and I like the town, which also has a decent catchment area.

Only ‘big’ clubs nearby are Luton(!) and Watford.

They’re targeting the future with free (season)tickets for the youth.

Despite his creepy persona, their owner seems a decent sort.


Everyone I've ever met from Milton Keynes is standardly a monumental cock.

But I do work within the IT industry too.

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So why do MK Dons have such an absurdly big stadium? on 08:24 - Sep 18 with 2912 viewssolemio

So why do MK Dons have such an absurdly big stadium? on 08:16 - Sep 18 by artsbossbeard

Everyone I've ever met from Milton Keynes is standardly a monumental cock.

But I do work within the IT industry too.


I'm sorry that both the people from MK that you have met failed to meet your exacting standards.

Before the unfortunate Wimbledon 'takeover' nonsense MK was the most populous place in Europe without a professional football team.
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So why do MK Dons have such an absurdly big stadium? on 08:26 - Sep 18 with 2895 viewsartsbossbeard

So why do MK Dons have such an absurdly big stadium? on 08:24 - Sep 18 by solemio

I'm sorry that both the people from MK that you have met failed to meet your exacting standards.

Before the unfortunate Wimbledon 'takeover' nonsense MK was the most populous place in Europe without a professional football team.


It's more "personal experience" over "exacting standards", In fairness.

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So why do MK Dons have such an absurdly big stadium? on 08:33 - Sep 18 with 2842 viewsslade1

No not overly ambitious, just ambitious. They built the stadium to be ready for the future, they had hoped to be in the Premier league by now but obviously that hasn't happened yet, although I'm sure it will one day.
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So why do MK Dons have such an absurdly big stadium? on 19:26 - Sep 18 with 2469 viewsbluewhite

Not really...
The club originally moved to MK because that's where a vacant stadium happened to be immediately available for them: that white elephant of a vanity project, the National Hockey Stadium. Remember it? MK Dons played there from 2003-2007. (It was demolished in 2010 as there really was no further use for it.)

MK town council were only too delighted to have them as they dearly fancied a ready-made league club for their plastic town. They promptly set about building them a massive arena, for free.
(Not so good though for the existing local club, non-league Milton Keynes City, which folded in 2003 since the good residents of MK decided they were really life-long fans of their local League club.)

All this tied in with England's ill fated World Cup bid at the time. Confident that the bid would succeed, MK applied to be one of the host cities; and equally confident that they would be, they built their stadium to World Cup standards. Hence the size and all those padded seats, large open concourses, etc.

The rest is history... inasmuch as that word can ever be applied to anything to do with MK.
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So why do MK Dons have such an absurdly big stadium? on 20:37 - Sep 18 with 2280 viewsbournemouthblue

So why do MK Dons have such an absurdly big stadium? on 19:26 - Sep 18 by bluewhite

Not really...
The club originally moved to MK because that's where a vacant stadium happened to be immediately available for them: that white elephant of a vanity project, the National Hockey Stadium. Remember it? MK Dons played there from 2003-2007. (It was demolished in 2010 as there really was no further use for it.)

MK town council were only too delighted to have them as they dearly fancied a ready-made league club for their plastic town. They promptly set about building them a massive arena, for free.
(Not so good though for the existing local club, non-league Milton Keynes City, which folded in 2003 since the good residents of MK decided they were really life-long fans of their local League club.)

All this tied in with England's ill fated World Cup bid at the time. Confident that the bid would succeed, MK applied to be one of the host cities; and equally confident that they would be, they built their stadium to World Cup standards. Hence the size and all those padded seats, large open concourses, etc.

The rest is history... inasmuch as that word can ever be applied to anything to do with MK.


International standards it maybe, it would still have had to be 44k for the World Cup so it could have been even more oversized

They weren't the only club considering 44k capacities though

Reading, Plymouth and one or two others were considering expansions of these sizes

Norwich and Ipswich could have either been a shoe in given their Eastern locations, weren't quite so bonkers/deluded and decided against bidding
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So why do MK Dons have such an absurdly big stadium? on 21:05 - Sep 18 with 2192 viewsBlueorder

MK have done (and are still doing) a very good job of recruiting local school kids from the nearby towns, My own son now follows MK and we make regular trips to SMK. Last night we sat in the opposite corner to the Town fans and I must say the sound and sight of 3k plus sounded and looked immense. I'd wager that you couldn't hear a sound from the home 'fans'.
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So why do MK Dons have such an absurdly big stadium? on 21:16 - Sep 18 with 2158 viewsericclacton

Cos Pete Winkelman has an enormous pianist, I'm sorry I meant to say Pete Winkelman has to wear very long hose.
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So why do MK Dons have such an absurdly big stadium? on 21:19 - Sep 18 with 2141 viewswkj

So why do MK Dons have such an absurdly big stadium? on 21:16 - Sep 18 by ericclacton

Cos Pete Winkelman has an enormous pianist, I'm sorry I meant to say Pete Winkelman has to wear very long hose.
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I have to say, I don't really know what is going on here, but I will upvote it regardless.

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So why do MK Dons have such an absurdly big stadium? on 21:27 - Sep 18 with 2114 viewsericclacton

So why do MK Dons have such an absurdly big stadium? on 21:19 - Sep 18 by wkj

I have to say, I don't really know what is going on here, but I will upvote it regardless.


I'm with you, I admire you, I admire the way you just stand out in a crowd.
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So why do MK Dons have such an absurdly big stadium? on 21:53 - Sep 18 with 2042 viewswkj

So why do MK Dons have such an absurdly big stadium? on 21:27 - Sep 18 by ericclacton

I'm with you, I admire you, I admire the way you just stand out in a crowd.


Like a kid waiting to nick sweets from woolworths on a saturday morning, I can be found lurking the shadows

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So why do MK Dons have such an absurdly big stadium? on 22:12 - Sep 18 with 1974 viewsPJH

So why do MK Dons have such an absurdly big stadium? on 23:34 - Sep 17 by linhdi

Enabling development for the vast retail park that surrounds it. So, they had to attract a major football club. They tried Watford. Then nearly trapped QPR. But, in the end, the amoral owners of Wimbledon gave in.


Perhaps they thought they had acquired a tennis tournament.
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So why do MK Dons have such an absurdly big stadium? on 22:20 - Sep 18 with 1880 viewsLesta_Tractor

So why do MK Dons have such an absurdly big stadium? on 19:26 - Sep 18 by bluewhite

Not really...
The club originally moved to MK because that's where a vacant stadium happened to be immediately available for them: that white elephant of a vanity project, the National Hockey Stadium. Remember it? MK Dons played there from 2003-2007. (It was demolished in 2010 as there really was no further use for it.)

MK town council were only too delighted to have them as they dearly fancied a ready-made league club for their plastic town. They promptly set about building them a massive arena, for free.
(Not so good though for the existing local club, non-league Milton Keynes City, which folded in 2003 since the good residents of MK decided they were really life-long fans of their local League club.)

All this tied in with England's ill fated World Cup bid at the time. Confident that the bid would succeed, MK applied to be one of the host cities; and equally confident that they would be, they built their stadium to World Cup standards. Hence the size and all those padded seats, large open concourses, etc.

The rest is history... inasmuch as that word can ever be applied to anything to do with MK.


Bit harsh on the old hockey stadium but I have to admit that the hockey stadium in Stratford is much much nicer to play in.

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So why do MK Dons have such an absurdly big stadium? on 08:28 - Sep 19 with 1476 viewsitfcjoe

So why do MK Dons have such an absurdly big stadium? on 20:37 - Sep 18 by bournemouthblue

International standards it maybe, it would still have had to be 44k for the World Cup so it could have been even more oversized

They weren't the only club considering 44k capacities though

Reading, Plymouth and one or two others were considering expansions of these sizes

Norwich and Ipswich could have either been a shoe in given their Eastern locations, weren't quite so bonkers/deluded and decided against bidding
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I think Bristol City were one

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So why do MK Dons have such an absurdly big stadium? on 08:39 - Sep 19 with 1445 viewsITFC_Forever

It's sold out for home fans for their Liverpool game next week, 20,000 tickets.

So I'm not sure if that's lower tier only, given the stadium holds 30,000 (I think)?

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So why do MK Dons have such an absurdly big stadium? on 09:44 - Sep 19 with 1332 viewsHullblue

I’m surprised at the lack of antipathy towards them on here actually. They stole a club, and I can’t stand them. If MK played Norwich I honestly think I’d want the latter to win.

I even judge players for signing for them - I just think, couldn’t you have waited until a proper club came in for you?

Am I alone in this feeling? Maybe I need to go back to therapy.

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So why do MK Dons have such an absurdly big stadium? on 09:46 - Sep 19 with 1320 viewswkj

So why do MK Dons have such an absurdly big stadium? on 09:44 - Sep 19 by Hullblue

I’m surprised at the lack of antipathy towards them on here actually. They stole a club, and I can’t stand them. If MK played Norwich I honestly think I’d want the latter to win.

I even judge players for signing for them - I just think, couldn’t you have waited until a proper club came in for you?

Am I alone in this feeling? Maybe I need to go back to therapy.


Its a funny one really, I can't knock someone for supporting a footie club, its a wonderful part of life. The administrative side of MKD can sit on a pole for all I care, but it int' really the fans fault.

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So why do MK Dons have such an absurdly big stadium? on 09:54 - Sep 19 with 1291 viewsITFC_Forever

So why do MK Dons have such an absurdly big stadium? on 09:44 - Sep 19 by Hullblue

I’m surprised at the lack of antipathy towards them on here actually. They stole a club, and I can’t stand them. If MK played Norwich I honestly think I’d want the latter to win.

I even judge players for signing for them - I just think, couldn’t you have waited until a proper club came in for you?

Am I alone in this feeling? Maybe I need to go back to therapy.


AFC Wimbledon are not much better either.

Any moral high ground has well and truly been washed away by the way they acquired the land etc for the new stadium.

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So why do MK Dons have such an absurdly big stadium? on 10:01 - Sep 19 with 1250 viewsitfcjoe

So why do MK Dons have such an absurdly big stadium? on 09:44 - Sep 19 by Hullblue

I’m surprised at the lack of antipathy towards them on here actually. They stole a club, and I can’t stand them. If MK played Norwich I honestly think I’d want the latter to win.

I even judge players for signing for them - I just think, couldn’t you have waited until a proper club came in for you?

Am I alone in this feeling? Maybe I need to go back to therapy.


I don't blame the players for playing for them, or local younger fans for getting on board but think your viewpoint is fair.

Personally I'd say I was over it though, as never really liked Wimbledon as a club, and they seem to be stronger from it anyway now - maybe if I were to watch it unfold as an older person I wouldn't be so forgiving, but this was going on when I was a teenager.

Be interested in a long read in the full history of it all now to maybe re-assess, but as a club MK do a lot of things right putting aside their formation

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So why do MK Dons have such an absurdly big stadium? on 10:02 - Sep 19 with 1241 viewsHullblue

So why do MK Dons have such an absurdly big stadium? on 09:46 - Sep 19 by wkj

Its a funny one really, I can't knock someone for supporting a footie club, its a wonderful part of life. The administrative side of MKD can sit on a pole for all I care, but it int' really the fans fault.


Yeah it’s hard to blame the fans - if you’re living in MK and your kids want to go and watch league football, you’re probably not going to say no because of some moral technicality they won’t even understand.

I do pity them though because there’s no sense of pride attached to the club. Maybe locals would disagree, but I can’t see how you can be proud to say you’re an MK Dons fan.

It’s more the concept of them that I hate. And the owners who dared to do what they did to a real club like Wimbledon.

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