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Thread: So when will the North Stand be knocked down?

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    So when will the North Stand be knocked down?

    Villa are expecting nearly 30k season ticket holders, so you would expect to see the old "sold out" sign in most of our home games this season?
    So surely it wont be long before the owners finally bring the bulldozers in?
    We should be commanding 50k plus crowds now back in the Prem. Anyone know if there are any plans to extend the capacity?

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    This reminds me a bit of when MON and randy took over. We were regularly getting 40k. I guess see how this season goes first

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    We need to be planning now, Wolves did.
    I thought because of the CW games we were going to get a grant as the rugby 7s was to be played at VP

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    How long would it take to build.

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    We could agree with the prem league to adjust home fixtures to add time but i see no reason why it could not be done in say, 3 -4 months, knocking it down would be easy, ground work is already done, you could build it and seat it with all the fluffy stuff, like ex boxes ect ongoing! Yep, finish our home games by end of April, no home games till Sept.....4 months.

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    Think it'd have to go back some way to increase the capacity significantly enough, current capacity is about right as when any bad times come our way we will see empty seats, unpopular as that may sound!

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    Think of how many tickets we could have sold for wembley? We anticipate 30k STs, with 3k away fans, there will a scramble every game for tickets, i bet you we see the sold out sign for the majority of home games. Its too small period. The stand is due an overhaul, we have to move with the times. Anyway, i thought the great pretender Xia promised to build the most hitec stadium in the world with his building firms!
    We have look ahead or we will never grow, speculate to accumulate and all that. Dont look back in anger i heard you say!

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    I take all your points Dave, I remember the season under Brian Little when we were going for the league - think we sold out 10 home games and the Wembley angle is a bit of a moot point as there'll never be an allocation bigger than 36-37k. IF our owners transform the club into a global name like Man City have become then I'd agree wholeheartedly. Looking back through our history the successful periods typically are 2 to 3 years and interest wanes when it dips away.

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    Yes but now its all about the money and greed takes over!

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    Villa announce a max of 30,000 ST, there is now a waiting list.
    As thought with away fans getting 3,000 it just leaves 7,000 for the casual supporter.
    Surely the owners will announce ground expansion soon, VP is not up to date or Big enough.

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    Closing in the sides will keep the noise in better as well. Atmosphere would be awesome.

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    App we need the open sides of the holte end to put air around the stadium to assist the grass growth? Wrap round north as per Randy Lerners so called plan would put us up there with the best...

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    Now we now the ground has been sold to a trust of NSWE (clever move FFP citeh like) it paves the way for an announcement on the redevelopment of the north stand surely? Plans have already gone in for a new ticket office, museum and hotel. Im sure DD said this! Proves once again Xia is history, training ground as well bought from Recon group.
    So now await the news.....

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    Not sure how much the North Stand holds now, what'd be awesome though would be a similar end to the Holte and name it the Macgregor if there's enough land to go back far enough. I love the identity the 4 separate stands gives the place.

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    4 stands for me mate as well. It's a football ground, the home of Aston Villa Football Club, not a multi-functional stadium.

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    Sorry guys, its called progress. Stand still and you will go backwards. The goverment will be paying 75% of it anyway because of the CW games.
    Search VP redevelopment and you will see the concept. Loads of space at the Witton end to build new stand and more! I get the feeling our new owners mean Business

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    Dave - what capacity do you think VP needs out of interest?

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    I wouldnt go to mad but A healthy 55,000 should fit all needs. Just look at the fans who were at wembley, so many young fans. Its time!

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    Not all ‘progress’ is good Dave. Tradition is the heartbeat of AVFC, it sure aint fly by night glory hunters wishing to sit in a sterile bowl. All this shiny, shiny, sparkly, bling bollox is boring. Whilst spuds new stadium looks amazingly progressive, butz it aint an English footy ground, it’s an Americanised bling arena, that is the shape of a toilet bowl.

    By all means knock down the NS, but replace it with ONE huge imposing one tier stand, with the same kind of grand frontage as the Holte. In fact do the same to the Holte, one tier. 50,000 capacity is plenty, with the option to expand/redevelop the Witton Lane stand.

    New doesn’t make it better. Tradition and history is all we have left, the stuff on the pitch has been sh1te for nigh on 38 years. Full of false dawns, promises and the vandalisation of the Holte, into that ‘2 tier’ monstrocity.

    Nah mate, down with a bling bowl, stick with probably the only thing that we’re still good at, tradition.

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    I see your point but have you watched a game from there? VP has loads of charactor. Its not a rebuild, just a new stand with decent facilities and 75% of it paid for. No brainer to me!

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