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Aston Villa launch consultation on Villa Park expansion plans

Villa have launched a public consultation on plans to expand the capacity of Villa Park beyond 50,000.

Artist impressions of the new stand and Villa Live at Villa Park (Credit - AVFC)
Artist impressions of the new stand and Villa Live at Villa Park (Credit - AVFC)

Proposals would see the North Stand completely rebuilt, with the addition of around 7,400 seats as part of the biggest redevelopment of the ground for more than two decades.

A multi-use entertainment and retail venue, named Villa Live, would also be built on the existing North Stand car park.

The consultation runs until July 24 and gives supporters and the public the chance to have their say on the plans.

Villa hope to submit a formal planning application by the end of August, with the aim of starting the work next summer. The total cost of the project would be more than £100million.

Artist impressions of the new stand and Villa Live at Villa Park (Credit - AVFC)

Chief executive Christian Purslow said: “We are excited to share our vision for Villa Park to become a world-class sporting venue and thriving community destination.

“It is important we gain the feedback of our local community, fans, and organisations, as we want them to play a key role in shaping the next chapter in Villa Park’s illustrious history.

“The redevelopment of the stadium is vital to the club to satisfy growing demand.”

Villa Park’s current capacity is 42,682 with the club having capped the sales of season tickets at 30,000 for the past three seasons. More than 20,000 supporters are currently on a season ticket waiting list and plans to rebuild the North Stand are the first phase of a long-term development which would eventually see the ground's capacity top 52,500.

Hospitality areas in the Trinity Road Stand will also be revamped as part of the initial work, while the player’s tunnel will be relocated to the corner of the pitch.

The Villa Live venue would house the club shop and a museum, with the aim of attracting supporters to the ground on non-matchdays. Improving transport links to the stadium is also a key aim.

Artist impressions of the new stand and Villa Live at Villa Park (Credit - AVFC)

Purslow added: “We believe that our proposals for Villa Park will have a transformational effect on the local community and wider area, and we are working closely with Birmingham City Council, the West Midlands Combined Authority and other key stakeholders to ensure our design proposals align with Birmingham’s ‘Big City Plan’ for 2040.

“We want to put Aston Villa and Birmingham on the world stage and hope the redevelopment will support our ambition to host future UEFA matches – especially if the country is successful with a bid for the Euros in 2028.”

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