Eagles set to soar with stadium expansion

Crystal Palace F.C. is looking to increase capacity, local spend and local engagement with an ambitious redevelopment of its Selhurst Park home in the London Borough of Croydon.

Crystal Palace F.C. has announced proposals for the expansion of the Main Stand at Selhurst Park. The centrepiece of the redevelopment will be a new five-storey Main Stand featuring an all-glass front which pays homage to the earliest days of the Club and connects it to the Crystal Palace Great Exhibition of 1851. It will include an increase in the stadium’s capacity from 26,000 to over 34,000 seats and increased spaces for fans and local community initiatives.

Regeneris was commissioned to assess the economic and social value of the redevelopment. The study looked at the employment, supply chain, and wider impacts generated by the proposed (£75-£100 million) capital investment, and found that:

  • Construction of the new Main Stand will support an average 430 jobs over a three-year period.
  • Following redevelopment, the Club’s workforce is expected to increase to over 1,600 jobs, an increase of approximately 700 additional match-day roles (including around 500 roles in catering as a result of the Club’s increased hospitality offer).
  • The Club’s purchase of goods and services with UK-based businesses is expected to increase to £15 million per annum, supporting around 260 jobs within the supply chain. Around 40% of this spend could be expected to be with suppliers based in south London.
  • Selhurst Park is a major tourist attraction in London and a huge asset to Croydon. The expanded stadium is expected to see over 600,000 match-day visits generating around £13 million of additional off-site expenditure supporting additional employment in Croydon and South London.

More information about the proposed stadium redevelopment is available on Crystal Palace F.C.’s website. The full report looking at the economic and social  of the extension of the Main Stand is available online, and people are invited to submit their comments about the proposals and back the bid on LB Croydon’s planning portal. For more information about this work please contact Darren Wisher or Luke Bonnici, or visit our website.

Picture credit: Crystal Palace FC

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