Having recently stated that the plans to redevelop the Main Stand at Selhurst Park will go ahead regardless of the division Crystal Palace are playing in next season, Eagles chairman Steve Parish has now lifted the lid on all of the extra cosmetic alterations the club are planning as part of the construction work.
Once upon a time, Parish and his fellow directors were unsure as to whether or not they would look to remain in SE25 for the long-term but having seemingly exhausted any possibility of relocating to another site over the last few years, we now appear to be fully committed to improving what we already have.
Alongside a dramatically boosted capacity, there are numerous other projects that will incorporated into the structure of the proposed new Main Stand, including improved home and away dressing rooms upgraded media facilities and plenty more space and leisure options for fans attending on a match-day, all aided by the fact that the stand will “wrap around” to the Holmesdale Road end rather than acting as a standalone structure.
In line with the new Main Stand, Parish is adamant that its rebuild will allow the board to kick on with the numerous minor improvements that they feel are long overdue in other parts of the stadium. According to the man himself, the sense of uncertainty over whether or not we would be able to get planning permission for the new structure has always been the biggest deterrent in terms of making alterations elsewhere, for fear of throwing money down a figurative drain. In essence, Selhurst serves a purpose in its current form but if an effort is made to bring the other three sides of the ground up to date with a new Main Stand, the club’s match-day revenue should be boosted significantly.
Away from the field of play, this has clearly been a passion project for Steve Parish since he first stepped foot in the Directors’ Box back in 2010. With a final decision looming over the proposed re-build, he’s now closer than ever to leaving a lasting legacy on the football club beyond what takes place on the field of play.