Crystal Palace have unveiled plans to redevelop Selhurst Park.
The project, which is expected to cost between £75m and £100m, will increase the capacity at Selhurst Park from 26,000 to more than 34,000.
The centrepiece of the planned redevelopment is a new five-storey stand featuring an all-glass front – a homage to the club’s earliest days when it stood in the shadows of the original Crystal Palace, erected on Sydenham Hill.
Palace chairman Steve Parish said: “We need a stadium that reflects who we are, how far we have come and where we want to go – a stadium that south London can be proud of, a home worthy of our incredible support and unique atmosphere and this great Premier League we represent.
“We have worked long and hard and looked at several options over the years, including returning to the original site of Crystal Palace, which wasn’t viable.
“While we can’t go back to it, we can build a new one and I am proud, in conjunction with our partners KSS, to introduce a new Selhurst Park with a new Crystal Palace for a new era.
“We are creating a new home worthy of our club, our fans and our community and a celebration of our 112 years in south London”.
The project is being designed by leading stadium architect KSS, the firm behind the redevelopment of iconic sporting venues including Anfield, Twickenham and Wimbledon.
Plans will be submitted to Croydon Council in January and, subject to planning permission being granted, work will begin in the next 12 months.
A Palace spokeswoman said the project is likely to take up to three years to complete.
They added that the existing Main Stand will remain in full operational use throughout the build, in a bid to minimise the impact on the stadium capacity in the coming seasons.
Key features of the redevelopment include:
- capacity in the new stand will increase from around 5,400 to 13,500, with more than 10,700 general admission seats – an increase of around 6,000 on existing numbers.
- improved facilities for supporters with disabilities and a substantial increase in wheelchair spaces, making Selhurst Park compliant with accessible stadia guidelines.
- a bigger pitch, increased from 101.5m x 68m, to 105m x 68m, making Selhurst Park compliant with UEFA regulations and eligible to host tournament football.
- premium 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.
- a new museum, documenting the club’s rich history and its place in the south London community.
- new community facilities, supplementing the work of the Palace for Life Foundation, which delivers health, education and sporting programmes for more than 13,500 local children and young adults.
- improved sightlines in the Arthur Wait Stand with the removal of the TV gantry.
- an improved Arthur Wait Concourse.
- the redevelopment of the upper Whitehorse Lane boxes into mixed bar/box use.
There will be a series of local events to show plans and invite feedback.
A formal planning application is due to be submitted by the end of January 2018.