Crystal Palace have announced plans to increase the capacity of Selhurst Park to over 34,000. This will be achieved mostly through the expansion of the Main Stand which with additional tiers, which will then house 13,500 supporters, which is more then double the current capacity.
New Main Stand Facade
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.
New Main Stand
The Club have now submitted plans to the to the Local Authority for approval. It is hoped that the Club will hear back from them in May 2018 and if it is a positive response then construction could start early in 2019. Works are expected to take around three years to complete. Similar to the development at Anfield the existing Main Stand will remain open throughout the building phase as the newer parts will be built above, around and behind it. As part of this scheme then a little good news for away fans, because the new main Stand will house the television cameras. This means that the existing television gantry that runs along the top of the Arthur Wait Stand, where visiting supporters are accommodated will be removed, which is welcome news, as it currently restricts the view of the match from the back of the stand.
The images of the proposed Main Stand developments are courtesy of the official Crystal Palace website, where more images and information about the developments can be found.