Following on from Steve Parish telling fans to expect a “major announcement” regarding Crystal Palace’s stadium this side of Christmas, Croydon Council have told the Croydon Advertiser that positive talks are ongoing between them and the club.
Since taking up residence in the Selhurst Park boardroom back in 2010, Parish and his fellow investors have made no secret of the fact that they’re desperate to make a significant improvements in relation to the stadium, with this latest piece of news suggesting that we’re now extremely close to having something concrete to look forward to.
Having tried and failed when attempting to move the club back to its original home in Crystal Palace Park a few years ago, the board have been working on a long-term solution within SE25 and now, after consistently telling supporters that plans would not be revealed until we were sure they could be made a reality, Steve Parish is seemingly ready to lift the curtain on what he and The other investors have planned.
Given the cramped nature of the roads surrounding Selhurst Park, not to mention the presence of a large Sainsbury’s store on the same site, it’s no surprise to see that it’s taken more than five years to iron everything out but with Croydon Council clearly keen to ensure that Palace remain in the local area, we appear to be watching the wheels turning at a faster pace than they have in a decade or more.
My guess, as I said immediately after Parish addressed supporters at Boxpark earlier this month, is that the plans relate directly to the Main Stand, which is undoubtedly the structure in most desperate need of renovation. There is every chance that the corners will be filled in, alongside extra seating and corporate hospitality being added, giving the whole ground a much fresher feel whilst maintaining the unique atmosphere many across the game associate with our club.
The mere fact that Croydon Council are speaking positively about the prospect of renovation says a great deal given the stalemate we’ve had in years gone by. Let’s hope the announcement is no longer than a week or two away.