QUOTES: A Positive Update On Selhurst’s Redevelopment From Steve Parish

2 Posted by - March 26, 2018 - News

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish is sounding more and more confident of Croydon Council giving the go-ahead for the club to redevelop the Main Stand at Selhurst Park when the final meeting takes place in a little over three weeks time.

Following on from the initial release of the club’s plans a few months ago, there has been a period of consultation and trouble-shooting behind the scenes, alongside a public forum upon which people could either approve or oppose the planned rebuild. Thankfully, all of these appear to have gone down rather well from the club’s perspective, boosting their hopes of being given green light when the time comes.

Of course, in order for this to work for every one of the various stakeholders involved, the club need to be incredibly flexible and accommodating whilst also retaining their vision for a new and improved Selhurst Park. It’s a difficult balancing act but it’s one that Steve Parish seems to be feeling ever-more confident about as time goes on.

As you would expect, plenty of supporters have raised concerns about the looming threat of falling through the Premier League trapdoor in May, suggesting that it may put a major spanner in the works regarding construction but for Parish, this appears to be a plan that won’t be impacted by the division we’re playing in when the 2018-19 season gets underway.

Many are keen to describe Selhurst’s proposed refurbishment as a “passion project” for the Eagles chairman but I can’t help feeling as though he does have a point when suggesting that we need to do something lasting to the ageing Main Stand as soon as possible if we are serious about retaining a place at English football’s top table for the long-term.

You would hope, given the overwhelming desire of those who’ve responded to the public survey, the club’s willingness to accommodate the council’s wishes and the undeniable beauty of the designs the club have put forward, that we stand a more than decent chance of being granted planning permission at the end of April.

When all is said and done, a top flight football club acts as a great asset for south London as a whole, with a potential boost to attendances and spending inside the stadium ideally having a positive knock-on effect for the local area.

Keep your fingers crossed.

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4 Comments

  • John Pitts March 26, 2018 - 5:10 pm Reply

    A great idea and a great design that will really lift the area

  • c March 26, 2018 - 7:36 pm Reply

    “As you would expect, plenty of supporters have raised concerns about the looming threat of falling through the Premier League trapdoor in May, suggesting that it may put a major spanner in the works regarding construction but for Parish, this appears to be a plan that won’t be impacted by the division we’re playing in when the 2018-19 season gets underway.”

    He doesn’t say anything like that. His answer couldn’t be more meaningless. Completely vague.

    No fan wants to admit their club will get relegated, but this stand is expected to take five years to build. The likelihood of us being relegated before construction is finished is high.

    This stand supposedly costs £12500 per extra seat (20 times the price of my season ticket). Let’s say work starts in December and we get relegated in May 2019. The corporate and fairweather fans stop coming and the ground is no longer sold out. Matchday income plummets, and we lose millions in TV money. Where is the money to build this stand coming from? Is there a chance of us ending up in administration yet again, or the stand remaining half-built for years and years? Or do we just have £100m lying around? Parish saying “We have to plan for every eventuality” means absolutely nothing to anyone.

    I love your site and subscribe but I think you’re being irresponsible by falsely representing what Parish has said here. He really needs to come out and explain exactly how this construction could be viable in the event of us getting relegated after construction has begun. (And don’t kid yourself, if we get relegated before construction really begins, the plans will get shelved immediately for sure.)

    Maybe Parish has got it all figured out, but when he is throwing out such vague answers to really important questions, it makes me more skeptical, not less. There has to be a less risky (ie cheaper) option for redevelopment, that isn’t so targeted towards corporate fans.

    • admin March 27, 2018 - 4:44 am Reply

      I believe the funding for the stand has already been guaranteed by the American part of our ownership, regardless of the division we’re playing in, with Parish having got them on board with the fact that we need a better arena (in terms of both capacity and corporate facilities) to ever truly compete in the Premier League environment. Of course, if we are to get relegated this season it may give them all pause for thought but it is my understanding that the club will push on with the new stand regardless of any drop in division.

      He said this recently:

      “But if the worse did happen, I think it would be as important to come back ready with that as it would be to get it done now.

      “I don’t see any difference, personally. You wouldn’t want to wait again to get back and then start thinking about it, it would be crazy, in my view.

      “It’s just as important a project because the aim of this club should always to be in this league.

      “Everything you do is doing the best you can do when you’re in that league, so if the worst happened we have to plough on.”

  • Jimmy March 26, 2018 - 7:51 pm Reply

    Pie in the sky is a long distance runner at Palace –
    Just like the potential word.
    Usual option freely available to us all – Wait and see!

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