With Tottenham’s new stadium open for business and getting called “the best stadium in Europe”, it begs the question… is Villa Park ready for the Premier League?
Words by Alan Wilson (@VILLAlan54)
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When compared to a lot of the new brand of symmetrical bowls that have been built to replace ageing stadia around the UK, Villa Park still has a huge ‘wow factor’. Its oddball shape of different sized stands still manages to take the breath away.
But then, sitting alone and looking for all the world like it belongs somewhere else, somewhat embarrassingly, we come to VP’s ugly sister “The North Stand”.
Of course, this announcement caused some controversy amongst the Villa faithful.
Surely nobody would dare sell the rights to rename Villa Park as a stadium carrying the name of a modern brand, or replace the famous Holte End with a benign, smooth curved stand. Amid this controversy emerged images of what a new North Stand could look like, a triple decker linking to the Trinity Road stand seamlessly and taking the capacity up to an impressive 51,000. Naturally, this would all have to wait until the club found themselves back in the big time.
So – what’s the future got in store for Villa Park?
Without a doubt, with the exciting run towards the end of the season and probable play-offs bringing close to capacity crowds into Villa Park, one can safely assume that there would be a demand will into the 45,000 to 50,00 mark for matches in the Premier League.
Under the stewardship of billionaire owners – surely there has to have been mention of an impressive new look for Villa Park.