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Old May 30th, 2013, 02:48 AM   #1
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LONDON - Selhurst Park (26,309 -> 40,000)



So in January 2011, Steve Parish (Crystal Palace Co Chairman) announced plans to build a new ground in Crystal Palace park.

It quickly became clear this would never happen.

Since then the club have looked into redeveloping their current stadium, Selhurst Park, alongside Sainsbury's who currently have a supermarket under one of the stands.

28/05/2013:

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Steve Parish said plans for Selhurst Park would be "accelerated" following the 1-0 play-off win against Watford.

But he added: "We're working on re-developing the ground a stand at a time."

Mr Parish said in an "ideal world" increasing the stadium capacity from 26,000 to 40,000 would generate a good income for the club but Selhurst Park would need to be expanded in stages.

Mr Parish said: "We'd look at any sensible suggestions. We haven't got the biggest amount of land there, but we've been looking at pop-up outlets where they don't hold stock.

"We've got Sainsbury's on the site so we've been discussing things with them.

"It's very embryonic, but I was working on it as an army of one, but now we can look at it a bit more seriously."
This summer the press box (Currently in the "Main Stand") will be ripped out, and a new press room will be put in Holmesdale End.

Current Stands:

Whitehorse Lane End / Sainsbury's End:



Arthur Wait Stand:



Holmesdale Road Stand:



Main Stand:

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Old May 30th, 2013, 08:28 AM   #2
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Replacing the Main Stand is said to be the priority, with Steve Parish also saying he'd like to be doing something in the next couple of years, but it will take a year just to get planning.
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Old May 30th, 2013, 09:47 AM   #3
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Arthur Wait stand also desperately needs replacing. Haven't been there much over the past ten years since Wimbledon fell out of the top division and because Palace have rarely been in the top division. But it doesn't look as though anything has been done to the Arthur Wait. Facilities used to be abysmal there. Entrances / exits likewise. A few too many pillars interrupting the view and cramped, old seats.

Good stand for generating atmosphere, though. I especially remember a League Cup semi final there v Wimbledon in 1999.
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Old May 30th, 2013, 10:37 AM   #4
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For what it's worth, here's some quotes from their forum:

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Won't happen. 2 reasons. Firstly, Parish has said we have to have executive boxes. Secondly, the main stand HAS to be rebuild/restructured/renovated within the next couple of years or it'll be closed for safety reasons.

I believe the plan was to redo the main stand with exec boxes above. Then the Arthur. Then the Whitehorse and then the Holmesdale. There was mention of maybe a sponsorship deal with Sainsburys as they want to increase the size of their store and would allow us to build the stand over the new one (as it doesn't at the moment). This would give us 3 double tiered stands with the Arthur being a single tier (a little like Old Trafford), probably with the away fans being put in the lower tier of the Whitehorse end.
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Isn't the holmesdale sinking?
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I had heard this from more than one source and also of flooded basements under the Holmesdale too !
http://www.holmesdale.net/page.php?id=106&tid=133941

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Old May 30th, 2013, 12:04 PM   #5
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Replacing the Main Stand is said to be the priority, with Steve Parish also saying he'd like to be doing something in the next couple of years, but it will take a year just to get planning.
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Stadium - the club have been talking with the Sainsbury’s and have met with the planning department at Croydon Council, about developing the stadium at Selhurst. This has included a full-length replacement of the main stand, rather than a three-quarter version on which the club hold an extant planning permission. Steve Parrish is driving the plans forward and making progress.
http://palace-isa.co.uk/2013/05/01/m...th-the-club-2/

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Arthur Wait stand also desperately needs replacing. Haven't been there much over the past ten years since Wimbledon fell out of the top division and because Palace have rarely been in the top division. But it doesn't look as though anything has been done to the Arthur Wait. Facilities used to be abysmal there. Entrances / exits likewise. A few too many pillars interrupting the view and cramped, old seats.

Good stand for generating atmosphere, though. I especially remember a League Cup semi final there v Wimbledon in 1999.
The Arthur Wait concourse is tiny, but can't see anything being done till they put in a new Main Stand.

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For what it's worth, here's some quotes from their forum:

http://www.holmesdale.net/page.php?id=106&tid=133941
The owners said the saftey rumours about the Main Stand are not true.

Yes the Holmesdale basement is flooded.
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Old May 30th, 2013, 12:13 PM   #6
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So replacing the Main Stand with a bigger full-length one would require some houses to be purchased?
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Old May 30th, 2013, 12:51 PM   #7
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So replacing the Main Stand with a bigger full-length one would require some houses to be purchased?
It looks like it, from the first photo. I always thought that palace should definitely move to a new stadium rather than develop selhurst park but looking at it, they really do have a lot of space there and they don't need to move. If I was them, i'd replace the main stand first, with something like Fulham's new riverside stand with exec. boxes and stuff, and new changing facilities, and build it around the main stand so it can still be used in the football season in a similar way to Fulham. It holds 6,200 at the moment, the new stand could hold 10k or so.
Next i'd redevelop the other side, remove the roof and seats and re-do the concrete (to give more legroom and stuff). Then i'd add a second tier like the Holmsdale end and try and get a roof to match. It holds 9,700 at the moment, so that would take it up to 15,000? That would leave a total capacity of 35k or so. Then I suppose if you could buy the houses behind the Sainsburys end you could rebuild that stand with something similar to the Holmesdale end, increasing the capacity by 5k to 40,000. Then add VIP facilities in 2 of the corners to replace those lost in the sainsburys end.
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Old May 30th, 2013, 11:19 PM   #8
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Old aerial pic of Selhurst Park:

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Old June 13th, 2013, 11:59 PM   #9
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Plans to put some seats in the yellow area of the Arthur Wait.

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Good to hear, truly is one of the worst grounds I have been to.
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Old June 14th, 2013, 05:08 PM   #11
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I never knew there was a shopping centre actually built within the stand, that's a pretty unique aspect.
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Old July 9th, 2013, 08:36 PM   #12
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“The matchday sponsorship packages went on sale today and we’re refurbishing all of the executive boxes ahead of the new season,” Parish told the Croydon Advertiser sports desk.

“We’ve got around ten to do. There are new seats going in the Main Stand and we’ve got to try and build a new media centre too.

“We have to build five new interview rooms then put a television studio in between the Holmesdale and Arthur Wait Stands – it’s just generally trying to tidy the stadium up.

“We’re actually looking for a stadium sponsor, not really naming rights but a sponsor so that every advert in the stadium can be one thing.

“It’s about making the stadium look a little bit more presentable.”
http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/P...ail/story.html
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Old July 11th, 2013, 04:27 AM   #13
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Bit of bias, but it has character that I love going to week in, week out. It is better than a generic bowl. My seat has a leaky pipe above it that I wouldn't swap for the world.

Bit of an update on the main stand, all the wooden benches in blocks A-D are being sold to fans and replaced with plastic ones.

Steve Parish and Browett are looking for a sponsor (not naming rights).

New TV gantry between the Arthur Waite and Holmesdale.

The plans are to have an integrated stadia with all stands connected. The Whitehorse Lane end/Croydon Ad Stand/Sainsburys does have foundations strong enough to hold an upper tier, and they hope to remove the boxes above it. The Arthur Waite might have a concourse expansion due to overcrowding. In the Holmesdale, apparently there might be a new bar, but we have to wait until SB and SP get back from their holidays.
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Old July 24th, 2013, 01:08 PM   #14
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Work on the new TV Gantry.

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Old August 1st, 2013, 06:47 PM   #15
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Renovation and television gantry work. From @Official_CPFC:





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Old August 3rd, 2013, 10:36 PM   #16
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Old August 9th, 2013, 07:36 PM   #17
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Could be gettin' renamed 12Bet Stadium if the latest reports turn out to be correct.

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Amazing what a fresh set of seats can do for a stadium. Looks great.
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Old August 12th, 2013, 07:19 PM   #19
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Selhurst Park will not be renamed says Crystal Palace co-owner Stephen Browett

Crystal Palace co-chairman Stephen Browett has moved to calm fans’ fears that Selhurst Park is to be renamed.

Online betting company 12Bet.com were tipped to be buying the naming rights to Crystal Palace’s stadium.

But Browett told fans on the BBS, an online fans forum, that although a deal is close with the betting company to advertise around the stadium, Selhurst Park would not lose its name.

Mr Browett said the aim of the deal is for all the static advertising boards in the ground to be sponsored by 12Bet. They will also have time on the new electronic boards.

Money from the deal, which is hoped to be finalised this week, will go towards financing the new improvements in and around Selhurst Park.

Last week, fans took to social media and online forums to express their concern about the naming rights potentially being sold.

And in a Croydon Guardian poll on the issue, 74 per-cent of fans said they did not want the stadium renamed.

A picture was also posted online of signage outside the ground which said ‘The 12Bet Stadium’ but Mr Browett said it was only a mock up and it had not been approved.

He said: “Selhurst will still be Selhurst but with a facelift part-financed by this deal.

“It will be called Selhurst Park - there may be a "sponsored by 12bet" tacked on afterwards. That's yet to be decided.

“New signage should be there before the Spurs game. They are experimenting with typefaces, colours etc and unfortunately a mock-up was put up briefly on Thursday that had not been authorised or approved.

“No deal with 12bet is actually signed yet anyway but we look forward to that happening and to their support for CPFC.”

Mr Browett added: “We are spending a lot of money on Selhurst Park and yes it would be great to get some sponsorship to help finance this.

“The 12Bet deal will help finance lots of improvements around the stadium. We have already spent £500k on cabling and £400k on a new TV gantry.


“Keep the faith and rest assured that CPFC2010 continue to strive to do our best for the club whilst preserving our history and heritage.”

The Eagles kick off their Premier League season this Sunday when Tottenham Hotspur visit Selhurst Park.
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