- May 12, 2009
We need to knock down the Amex and build a bigger stadium.
Don’t the club have permission to take capacity to 32,500, which included a shelf along the NS with converting offices to create hospitality. Barber denied it at a fans forum but if they have the permission for an extra 7/800 from current capacity I bet they wish they’d done it for this season.
This shelf , was shelved, permanently i think leaving capacity at 31,700 (mostly thanks to moving the seats closer together and fitting in more)That’s exactly it, the NS shelf, taking capacity to 32,500.
I think the club postponed the plan (in summer 2021?), when still hit by the pandemic effect.
Up until the recent player sales, TB was pumping in £10m’s per season, so he would have footed the multi £m bill for the shelf and lounge.
The improvements that are actually happening over the summer are a new permanent external fanzone with toilets, shelter, big screens and more outlets for food and drink. And i think some kid friendly stuff too.
They have also started on cleaning the roof.
On a structural practicability front, you could probably get another 9-10 rows of seats in there. Not sure that the financial return from the extra 1000 or so seats would justify the cost though.Yup, build a proper steep North Stand, going up into the rafters instead of whatever offices they have back there