Selhurst Park stadium to get a £100m expansion for Crystal Palace FC
The Selhurst Park stadium is set to expand from a 26,000 capacity to about 40,000, improving fans’ experience and starting the new year fresh. Crystal Palace football club hopes to expand their home of 93 years and provide a football landmark for South London.
Announcing the plans, Steve Parish Palace chairman said:
“We need a stadium that reflects who we are, how far we have come and where we want to go – a stadium that South London can be proud of, a home worthy of our incredible support and unique atmosphere and this great Premier League we represent.”
Americans Josh Harris and David Blitzer are behind the £100m investment that has been negotiated since 2015 with Sainsbury’s being the main “player” in the area since they operate a store behind the White Horse Lane stand and customer car park to the side of the main stand.
Expected to cost from £75m to £100m the expansion plans are pending approval from Croydon Council and the Mayor of London to begin work within 12 months. The redevelopment will include a new five-storey stand featuring an all-glass front. Funnelling sound down from the room to the pitch, improved sight lines in the Arthur Wait Stand, a new museum, and renovation of the upper Whitehorse Lane Boxes are the main features of the expansion.
The fans can expect an increased pitch size to comply with UEFA regulations, enhanced infrastructure to improve access for people with disabilities and upgraded hospitality and entertainment facilities including a new Tunnel Club.
Director of architects at KSS, Nick Marshall talked about the design and revealed that their brief was to create an impressive sense of arrival and enhancing the pride of the Crystal Palace fans while maintaining the atmosphere of one of the best grounds in the country.
“It’s already one of the best places to watch football and we certainly don’t want to ruin that, it has to be driven by the fan experience. There’s going to be a great relationship between the new stand and the Arthur Wait stand, which is going to work fantastically”, Marshal highlighted.
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