Aston Villa could be set for an exciting future boost amid Christian Purslow’s recent reveal about improving Villa Park.
The Express and Star’s Matt Maher delivered an insight into Villa’s plans to eventually expand the capacity at their stadium, revealing what it will be dependent on in the process.
He said: “Villa have now begun exploring long-term options to improve their home ground and eventually increase capacity.
“Chief executive Christian Purslow told a recent meeting of Villa’s fans consultation group a strategy to gradually expand Villa Park over the next decade is being developed, with the waiting list for season tickets a key indicator of demand. Any increase in capacity would be dependent on a sustained run of strong results on the pitch and likely be done in three to four stages.”
And in response, former Premier League goalkeeper Paddy Kenny dropped his verdict.
He said: “I’m sure the plan is to challenge for Europe. They’ve got super-rich owners and they are looking to expand the stadium so they have more money to spend in the transfer market and things like that.
“I’ve played there a few times obviously and it’s an unbelievable place to play. I’m sure if they add another 9,000 or 10,000, it will be an even more amazing place to play. It just goes to show you the bigger picture in terms of where they want to go.
“It’s been two seasons since they got promoted. They stayed up in the first year and did really well last year. I’m sure now they’ll be looking to push on from that and challenge for Europe over the next few years. This is unbelievable news for Villa fans.”
Given the impressive season Villa just had in the Premier League – the Midlands club were on course for a surprise European place before a late decline in form saw them slip out of the top ten – this is definitely a club on the up.
That much has been shown by the work Dean Smith’s side are doing in the transfer market this summer, with the likes of Emi Buendia and Ashley Young arriving, and bids going in for Arsenal starlet Emile Smith Rowe.
That has been a real statement of ambition about where NSWE are looking to take Villa, and the next step on that ladder is ensuring that Villa Park is at its absolute best so it can match the biggest and best stadiums not just in England, but across Europe too.
It’s exactly why news that Villa have begun exploring ways of improving Villa Park and expanding the stadium capacity is just another sign of the exciting times right now at the club. This is a great time to be an Aston Villa supporter.