Crystal Palace Announce Selhurst Park Redevelopment
Crystal Palace FC Chairman, Steve Parish has just unveiled ambitious plans to redevelop Selhurst Park. The Premier League team’s current ground is one of the smallest in the league and by far the smallest of the league’s London clubs. The redevelopment, which could begin next year, will take Selhurst Park’s capacity from 26,000 to 34,000.
The inspiration for the Selhurst Park redevelopment project is the club’s rich heritage and its roots in South London. The original Crystal Palace – a huge glass house built on a cast-iron frame and considered an architectural marvel – was moved to Sydenham Hill in 1854, after being showcased in Hyde Park for the Great Exhibition of 1851. When the club was founded in 1905, it played its matches inside the historic Palace grounds.
To pay homage to the original structure, the centrepiece of Crystal Palace’s redevelopment is a stunning new five-storey stand featuring an all-glass front. A central vaulted arch, with the famous Eagle crest, and eagle wings will flank the 41m structure.
The project is being designed by leading stadium architects KSS, the firm behind the redevelopment of the likes of Anfield, Twickenham and Wimbledon. The roof of the new stand will be designed to funnel sound down to the pitch and the Arthur Wait Stand opposite.
The new Selhurst Park will feature improved facilities for supporters with disabilities and a substantial increase in wheelchair spaces. It’ll also come with a bigger pitch, making Selhurst Park compliant with UEFA regulations and eligible to host tournament football.
Naturally, there’ll also be hospitality and entertainment facilities for more than 2,500 supporters, including a new Tunnel Club, and between 16-28 boxes, which will give members a unique vantage point as the players prepare for the match and conduct post-match interviews.
The Selhurst Park redevelopment project is expected to cost between £75-£100m, with plans being submitted to Croydon Council in January. The project is likely to take up to three years to complete with the existing Main Stand remaining fully open during the build process. Check out more details over at the Crystal Palace FC Website.