Crystal Palace unveils new stadium plans

05 Dec 2017

By: Sport Industry Group

Premier League side Crystal Palace has unveiled new plans to redevelop its home ground, Selhurst Park.

Club chairman Steve Parish announced the plans, expected to cost between £75m and £100m, which will increase capacity at the London-based ground from 26,000 to over 34,000.

The stadium has been home to the Eagles since 1924, with the renovation also providing new facilities for the community and look to transform the matchday experience for supporters.

The centrepiece of the redevelopment is a new five-storey stand featuring an all-glass front with a central vaulted arch (pictured above), with the Eagle crest.

The project is being designed by stadium architects, KSS, the firm behind the redevelopment of sporting venues including Anfield, Twickenham and Wimbledon.

The roof of the new stand will be designed to funnel sound down to the pitch and the Arthur Wait Stand opposite.

Plans will be submitted to Croydon Council in January and, subject to planning permission being granted, work will begin in the next 12 months. The project is likely to take up to three years to complete.

The existing Main Stand will remain in full operational use throughout the build process, reportedly minimising the impact on the stadium capacity in the coming seasons.

The capacity in the new stand will increase from around 5,400 to 13,500, with more than 10,700 general admission seats - an increase of around 6,000 on existing numbers.

There will also be improved facilities for supporters with disabilities and a substantial increase in wheelchair spaces, making Selhurst Park compliant with Accessible Stadia Guidelines, and a bigger pitch will be installed, making Selhurst Park compliant with UEFA regulations and eligible to host tournament football.

The new stadium will have hospitality and entertainment facilities for more than 2,500 supporters, including a new Tunnel Club, and between 16-28 boxes, as well as a museum, documenting the club’s history and its place in the south London community.

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish 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.

“We have worked long and hard and looked at several options over the years, including returning to the original site of Crystal Palace, which wasn't viable. While we can't go back to it, we can build a new one and today I am proud, in conjunction with our partners KSS, to introduce a new Selhurst Park with a new Crystal Palace for a new era.

“We are creating a new home worthy of our Club, our fans and our community, and a celebration of our 112 years in south London.”