Aston Villa have had planning permission granted for an expansion to Villa Park as the club continues its progress to ‘return to the world stage’. The project is expected to increase the stadium’s capacity to over 50,000, enabling the ground to host major international tournaments in the future.
The decision, which has been welcomed with open arms by the club, comes just a month after Villa Park was shortlisted by the UK and Ireland bid to host the UEFA EURO 2028 Championship. The first phase of redevelopment will include a new North Stand and enhancements to the existing Trinity Stand.
There will also be a new development called Villa Live, a new, 6,500 sqm multi-purpose commercial destination to replace the existing shop, academy building and security lodge. Transport around the B6 area is expected to improve, too, as the Villans will work alongside the West Midlands Combined Authority to upgrade nearby stations.
Christian Purslow, Villa’s CEO, said: “This is great news firstly for our fans – many of whom are on a waiting list for season tickets; secondly for the Club itself – as our long-term competitive strategy depends on continued growth; and finally for our city and region - with the prospect of a redeveloped Villa Park driving economic regeneration in our local community and bringing back international football to Birmingham.”
Once the developments are completed, the Villans will be able to welcome around 8,000 extra supporters into the ground. The club describes the plans as an exciting first step in achieving the vision to be a world-class venue and a catalyst for the continued redevelopment of the Aston area.
The redevelopment is estimated to contribute an estimated £119.9m to the West Midlands economy each year. And the new look Villa Park is expected to create hundreds of jobs during and post-construction - attracting 1.65m visitors to the local area annually.