Aston Villa has been granted planning permission for the redevelopment of its Villa Park stadium.
The project, given the all-clear by Birmingham City Council last week, will increase stadium capacity from 42,000 to over 50,000 people, including a brand new North Stand.
Villa is hoping the redevelopment will allow it to host European Championship matches if England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland win their joint bid to host the 2028 competition.
“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,” Villa CEO Christian Purslow said.
“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.”
The plan is for work on the first phase to start next year and be complete by 2025.
Main image: Northwest corner view of Trinity Stand and new North Stand (credit: Aston Villa)
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