Aston Villa launches consultation on park expansion plans
Aston Villa has unveiled plans to increase the capacity of its Villa Park ground to over 50,000.
The club has launched a pre-application planning consultation on the first phase of its long-term vision for Villa Park and the surrounding area.
The first phase of the plans includes a new North Stand connecting into Trinity Stand, and enhancements to the existing Trinity Stand.
The development will also see improvements to fan experience through an upgraded food and beverage offering, improved hospitality packages and better connectivity.
The plans will also see the introduction of Villa Live, a commercial destination venue and community space.
The first phase of improvements to Villa Park are estimated to take place from 2023 through to 2025.
Running from today (June 22) for a four-week period, the pre-planning application consultation will offer a series of community drop-in sessions.
Christian Purslow, CEO of Aston Villa, said: “We are excited to share our vision for Villa Park to become a world-class sporting venue and thriving community destination. It is important that we gain the feedback of our local community, fans, and organisations, as we want them to play a key role in shaping the next chapter in Villa Park’s illustrious history.
“The redevelopment of the stadium is vital to the club to satisfy growing demand. By elevating the hospitality offering at Villa Park, we want to enhance the matchday experience and create a year-round entertainment venue to benefit both the community and our fans.
“The plans reveal our phased approach to redevelopment, considering each stand individually and identifying the necessary upgrades to minimise disruption to the community.
“We believe that our proposals for Villa Park will have a transformational effect on the local community and wider area, and we are working closely with Birmingham City Council, the West Midlands Combined Authority and other key stakeholders to ensure our design proposals align with Birmingham’s ‘Big City Plan’ for 2040. We want to put Aston Villa and Birmingham on the world stage and hope the redevelopment will support our ambition to host future UEFA matches – especially if the country is successful with a bid for the Euros in 2028.”