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Selhurst Park expansion: Crystal Palace stadium redevelopment latest

A Selhurst Park redevelopment is underway at Crystal Palace FC, with Croydon Council recently granting permission to the south London club to pursue a Selhurst Park expansion.

In short, this work on a new Selhurst Park stand will bolster the stadium's capacity to over 34,000. The Main Stand is set to receive additional tiers and will house a total of 13,500, more than double its currrent capacity.

What will the Selhurst Park new stand look like?

New Selhurst Park Stand part of the Selhurst Park expansion and Selhurst Park redevelopment

The new Main Stand will have a striking looking glass frontage, as well as corporate areas and executive boxes. Looking similar internally to the recently completed Main Stand at Anfield, Liverpool, it is no surprise that it is the same firm of architects KSS, who are behind the design.

It has three tiers of seating, with the top tier being semi-circular in appearance. Below this tier and the seating below is a fourth corporate tier of boxes and hospitality areas, which seem essential now for clubs and is probably one of the main drivers for this project.

However, these images have since been removed from the KSS website, meaning there may be a rejigging of plans since the initial proposal in 2017.

New Main Stand

Latest updates on Selhurst Park redevelopment

Plans originally began on the Selhurst Park expansion back in 2018, with work scheduled to start around then and be completed in time for the 2021/22 season.

In October 2023, five years later, construction work finally seems to be close to beginning.

The Athletic reported on 12 October 2023 that Crystal Palace are in the process of finding a main contractor with the hope of starting construction in the summer of 2024.

Why has the Selhurst Park expansion taken so long?

Part of the hold-up around the Crystal Palace stadium expansion plans was the need for a deal with Sainsbury's. The club had to agree a deal with the nearby supermarket to buy a small piece of land in the car park. This deal was reportedly worth “several million pounds.”

Another key reason for a hold-up was the need to find new homes for local residents who will be displaced by the work. This primarily involves residents on Wooderson Close, the houses on which will be knocked down to make space for the large new Main Stand. It's reported that this hurdle, too, has now been overcome. Residents have moved out, paving the way for development to begin.

In October 2023, Crystal Palace told The Athletic: “The Selhurst Park redevelopment project is progressing well — we have in place all the peripheral deals that are required for us to start construction and the club is now in a tender process with prospective construction partners. The start date will be subject to further discussions with the various consultants working on the project and our chosen construction partner.”

Crystal Palace seeking £45 million as redevelopment costs soar

The initial budget for this stadium expansion was £100m. Since it was first proposed in 2017, however, costs have dramatically risen, primarily due to inflation, but also the multi-million-pound land deal with Sainsbury's. As a result, the project saw its initial budget raised by fifty per cent to £150 million.

But, the club have once again been faced with financial obstacles and reports now suggest that Palace Chairman, Steve Parish, is looking to raise a further £45 million in order to fund the redevelopment.

Rather than raise this figure via player sales in the January transfer window, the club instead plan to raise the funds through their majority shareholders. This includes Parish himself, as well as John Textor, Josh Harris and David Blitzer.

Despite the cost of the new stand increasing once again, Parish believes the project will increase the club's revenue by up to £30 million per season once completed, and is confident that construction will still be commencing in the summer of 2024.

When will Crystal Palace stadium expansion be completed?

Work is expected to take more than two years to complete. The final stages of this work would likely require Crystal Palace to play away from home for a couple of months. This shouldn't be an issue. In past seasons, the Premier League has permitted both Liverpool and West Ham United to play the closing games of one season and the opening games of another away from home to allow the completion of work.

It's expected that Palace could have the work completed at some point in the 2026/27 season, but fans will notice work ongoing from next summer, it is thought.

Harry Robinson

A freelance writer and broadcaster, Harry has worked for or featured in/on Manchester United, FourFourTwo, The Independent, The Manchester Mill, UEFA, United We Stand and many others. He's the author of The Men Who Made Manchester United and hosts the Manchester United Weekly Podcast and United Through Time. A Stretford End season ticket holder, Harry travels around Europe to watch his team.

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