Adams Park
Adams Park is a football stadium in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. It is the home ground of the team Wycombe Wanderers and Aviva Premiership Rugby team London Wasps. During the 2003/04 and 2004/05 seasons, the stadium went under the name "The Causeway Stadium".

1990 ”“ Situated right on the edge of the Sands Industrial Estate in High Wycombe, the stadium was opened in time for the 1990/91 season, originally having a capacity of 6,000 with 1,267 seats in the Main Stand. The move was financed almost solely by the sale of the club's former stadium Loakes Park to the health authorities to facilitate the expansion of Wycombe General Hospital. It had come after a period of 30 years in which a site had been sought for a new stadium after Loakes Park had been earmarked for the site of the hospital development. Due to High Wycombe's hilly geography finding a suitably flat piece of ground that was also in a convenient place was not easy. The new stadium coincided with an upturn in the club's fortunes as, under the guidance of Martin O'Neill, they won the FA Trophy at Wembley thanks to a 2”“1 win over Kidderminster Harriers. This was no doubt helped by the fact the club had no loans to service due to the stadium construction. A few months after entering the Football League in 1993, the crush barriers on the terraces at Adams Park were upgraded, taking the capacity not far shy of the 10,000 mark. In the summer of 1996 the 4,990-seater Woodlands Stand was built on the hill behind the erstwhile Woodlands Terrace. The Hillbottom Road end, where the visiting fans are accommodated, was seated, thus reducing its capacity from well over 2,000 standing spaces to 1,049 seats. The latter development had created problems when large amounts of visiting fans came to the ground, outstripping the supply of seats in that end when sides like Watford, Birmingham City and Manchester City came to town. The capacity of the stadium was fixed at 10,000 to comply with council regulations, as the positioning of the stadium on a dead-end road was leading to problems when large crowds were leaving the ground, particularly with parking cars in the streets of the nearby residential suburb of Sands. This has hampered the ground since the club has been getting crowds over the 4 to 5,000 mark. In the summer of 2001 the Hillbottom Road end was extended by an extra 977 seats to take the capacity to 2,026. This was done mainly to be able to accommodate more away fans in one place when the need arose. However, the capacity was kept at 10,000 by reducing the official capacity of the standing areas at the Valley End and on the paddock in front of the main stand. In 2002, the successful rugby union team from Sudbury, London Wasps, became tenants to Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park after losing their previous groundsharing agreement with Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road. In 2003 the stadium was rebranded as The Causeway Stadium. For £100,000 over three years local technology company Causeway bought the naming rights to the ground. This caused some anger amongst fans as the ground was named Adams Park in honour of benefactor and former captain Frank Adams. Adams had bought the former ground Loakes Park for the club, whose sale financed the move to the stadium named after him. The Causeway Technologies sponsorship expired at the end of the 2005”“06 season and the ground name has reverted back to Adams Park. The club is seeking a new ground sponsor, but has stated that it will only sell the name if the supporters approve. It has been rumoured that the sports (mainly rugby union including London Wasps) clothing company Canterbury of New Zealand may be the next sponsor. In July 2005, the crowd was officially recorded as a full-to-capacity 10,000 for the first time, when Premiership champions Chelsea brought team to play Wycombe in a pre-season friendly. It was during this season that the idea that Adams Park would be further expanded was mooted by senior figures at Wycombe Wanderers and Wasps so that it can comply to the Rugby Football Union regulations for Premiership grounds in the future. These stipulate that stadia must have a capacity of at least 12,000 by 2007/08. It was initially suggested that a stand identical to the Woodlands Stand be built where the Main Stand is currently situated, though this would also require a large amount of road building to solve the current access difficulties. These plans never came to fruition, with the two clubs now exploring extending the Valley End of the stadium instead. In whichever form it was to take, expansion was definitely on the cards as Wasps signed an agreement that extends their stay in South Buckinghamshire by another two years, with a view to extending it long-term to 20 years afterwards. Wycombe District Council also outlined long-term plans for the regeneration of the Abbey Barn area of the town which include a possible 20,000 capacity stadium near the current site of the Wycombe Heights dry ski slope. These would be plans are in the very early stages and are not intended to be realised for around 20 years. April 2006 ”“ Planning permission is given for a new club shop, on April 2nd 2006, to be built in the summer to replace the current one housed in a large portable building. This will be joined onto the offices in the back of the old main stand and free up space in the lower carpark. Plans were also announced for a, much needed, new front pedestrian entrance alongside the main vehicle front gates. July 2006 ”“ Plans are also afoot at London Wasps for a new access route to the ground, allowing the expansion up to 15,000. Plans were handed over to WWFC by Wasps for expansion plans in July 2006. They include adding two tiers of seating onto the back of the existing Valley End terrace with them filling in the corner round to the large Woodlands Stand enclosing that section of the ground. The capacity will rise to 15,000 with this building work. There is also a revised access route planned to allow the safety certificate to let the extra 5,000 people in and out. The single access currently allows no more than 10,000 people in the ground regardless of the actual capacity. Costs for the expansion are put at between £4”“5 million. When, or indeed ever were this project to be realised it would render the surrounding area of splendid green-belt countryside unrecognisable to what it was some 16 years ago, when the construction of the stadium first took place. New club shop and office plans were submitted to Wycombe District Council at the same time. The revised plans include a second storey of offices for joint use between WWFC and London Wasps. October 2006 ”“ Work has started on the new club shop and offices with the foundations going in. It is understood that Wasps will not be using the offices initially and that the new pedestrian entrance and car park layout may be added later, once the initial building work is complete (due by Christmas 2006). There may also be a, much needed, match day bar added under the Dreams Stand, where there is currently car parking. Plans for the new 1st floor club offices were rejected on October 19th by a Wycombe District Council committee. The new club shop will be built and is expect to be open in December. Also, the promised ground expansion plans that were due to be released in October failed to materialize, and, at the time of writing, the clubs have yet to elaborate on their plans for the redevelopment of the Valley End. December 2006 ”“ The new club shop opens, allowing the old cabins to be removed, as their planning consent had expired. The shop was officially opened on the 7th by players and members of staff of both Wycombe Wanderers and Wasps. Stadium expansion plans are now due in the 'new year' according to David Davies (Wasps CEO) at a stadium travel plan meeting. February 2007 ”“ Update on Wasps stadium expansion plans at the London Wasps fans forum in Twickenham. The plans were altered after receiving comments from the Safety Advisory Group (SAG) & the modified plans are currently being considered by SAG. Once they've approved the plans they will go to WWFC for final approval. At this point the Club will need to consider how & when to submit the plans for outline planning permission. August 2007 ”“ At a WWFC fans forum CEO Steve Hayes announces plans to build a new stadium in the High Wycombe area, with a capacity of 17,000 ”“ 20,000 and to be the first UK stadium in modern times to have terracing. The new stadium would be joint owned by WWFC, London Wasps and Wycombe District Council. It will share a site with retail outlets, a hotel and conference facilities. Formal plans should be expected in 2 years, meaning if proceeded with the new complex would open in 2012. April 2008 ”“ The stadium land is taken out of the Green Belt by a Government inspector meaning the land value rises from £4,000 per acre to £1,000,000 per acre, giving a better resale value if required. It also allows additional stands, permanent or temporary, to be constructed to gain the 12,500 capacity required by London Wasps under Guinness Premiership regulations for the coming season. However, the main problem of access still remains, and until a new road is built, or the existing hillbottom road widened, speculation as to whether Wycombe Wanderers and Wasps will remain at Adams Park will continue to be rife. January 2011 ”“ Steve Hayes has announced his intentions to build a new stadium for Wanderers and Wasps at Booker, just up the road from Adams park. There is large support and opposition from various groups, to the plans which currently show very little other than the stadium will be between 15,000-20,000 and include terracing. There may be a hotel and retail complex to support the stadium and pay some of the cost. This should be covered by a separate entry to Wikipedia. As it stands Adams Park has changed little since April 2008. The club shop has reduced in size by 50% in order for larger offices to accommodate Wasps staff at the ground.


Bucks New University Stand (North)
Built: 1990 Capacity: 1,267 Seats: 1,267 Contains the club offices, Vere Suite, changing rooms, team facilities, and space for journalists and radio. There is additional space for 232 standing spectators in the paddock at the front of this stand, for London Wasps matches only. For Wycombe Wanderers matches, spectators may only stand here if they already have a valid seat ticket.

Dreams Stand (East)
Built: 1990 Expanded: 2001 Capacity: 2,053 Seats: 2,043, plus 10 disabled wheelchair places. The away supporters' end for football matches. Originally terraced when the ground was built, the stand became all seater in 1996 before being doubled in size to the current 2,053 capacity.

Frank Adams Stand (South)
Built: 1990 Expanded: 1996 Capacity: 4,990 Seats: Upper Tier = 2,842 Lower Tier (Nexus Community Stand) = 1,738 Executive Boxes = 360 Disabled Wheelchair Places = 50 Boxes: 20, plus Woodlands Suite Originally a single level terrace, like the Greene King IPA Terrace currently, the Frank Adams Stand was expanded into a two tier unit in 1996. This added desirable boxes for corporate hospitality and much more seating.

Greene King IPA Terrace (West)
Built: 1990 Capacity: 1,974 Seats: None The home supporters' end for football matches, and the only remaining terrace in the stadium.


Vere Suite
The Vere Suite is named after the Vere family who own and run the Verco furniture company based in High Wycombe, which was the Wanderers main sponsor when the ground was opened. Incorporated into the Bucks New University stand, towards the western end.

Scores Sports Bar
This bar used to be known as The Centre Spot. Incorporated centrally into the back of the Bucks New University stand.

Woodlands Suite
Situated midway up the Frank Adams stand, towards the western end, the suite is available for hosting many events on both match and non-match days.

Club Shop
The new club shop was opened in 2006, replacing the portakabins that had housed it for the previous few years. The original club shop at the ground was situated where the current Ticket Office 1 is situated, in the corner of the ground between the Bucks New University and Dreams stands.

Ground plan
------------------------------------ | BUCKS NEW UNIVERSITY STAND | -------- ------------------------------------ -------- | | 1267 seats | DREAMS| | | | | |GREENE | | STAND| | | 2053 | | |KING | 1974 | 2043| | | seats | | |IPA | standing | seats| | | (away) | | |TERRACE | | +| | | | | | | 4990 seats | 10 dw| -------- ------------------------------------ -------- |NEXUS COMMUNITY ”“ 1738 seats + 50 dw| ------------------------------------ | EXECUTIVE BOX LEVEL ”“ 360 seats | ------------------------------------ |FRANK ADAMS UPPER TIER ”“ 2842 seats | ------------------------------------