Seven years on from first taking control of Crystal Palace FC, Steve Parish and his fellow investors finally appear to be making progress on a tangible upgrade of Selhurst Park, following an official announcement made to the press earlier this afternoon.
A NEW SELHURST PARK.
WITH A NEW CRYSTAL PALACE.
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) December 4, 2017
Shortly after rescuing the club from administration in 2010, Parish and co. told supporters of an ambitious plan which would have seen the Eagles leave SE25 and relocate to Crystal Palace Park, renovating the existing structure and building a brand new arena for the team to use alongside it. Sadly, after running into all manner of problems with local residents regarding traffic, travel and general disruption the designs were consigned to the scrap-heap, never to be seen again.
Ever since then, the board of directors have been working on a plan which would see them remaining on the current site, whilst giving it a sizeable upgrade, with the Main Stand having long been earmarked as the key part of the blueprint. As you can see from the images attached above, we are looking to go back to something which incorporates the original glass design of the Crystal Palace, which is almost certain to be a hit with supporters in the long run.
Whilst the hardcore Palace support have always been happy to embrace the fact that travelling fans view Selhurst with an degree of disdain, the club’s directors are understandably keen to improve our facilities; allowing for a great deal more match-day revenue from corporate hospitality, bars, restaurants and more, with the new Main Stand sure to boost our income streams dramatically when/if it is completed in the manner laid out above.
It’s now 22 years since the last major change was made to the stadium (the conversion of the Holmesdale end from a terrace to a two-tier all-seater stand) and after plenty of false dawns, I’m sure I’m not alone in saying it feels great to see some actual designs on how a new Main Stand will take shape in the next few years.
An all new stadium may have seemed like a great idea in principle but the prospect of staying an improving Selhurst Park is simply more desirable option than relocating elsewhere and potentially losing our unique atmosphere along the way.
What do you think of it?