[FIRST LOOK + PLANS] AFL has reveal plans to build a new £50 million football stadium for Crystal Palace close to the site of its original South London home
The proposed 40,000 seat stadium in Crystal Palace park would ‘breathe new life’ in to the neighbouring National Sports Centre (NSC) but could, unusually, threaten Tottenham Hotspurs’ proposed move to the Olympic Stadium.
Spurs, with architects KSS, want to overhaul the Olympic showpiece in East London after the 2012 Games converting it into a football only venue while promising to revamp the dilapidated NSC as part of its commitment to retaining athletics in the capital.
A rival bid by West Ham United FC would keep athletics at the £496 million, Populous-designed Olympic stadium.
The Crystal Palace bid will see them move from their Selhurst Palace stadium - the club’s home since 1924 - into a new, initially 25,000 capacity ground as well as creating a new, underground aquatic centre, reconfigured indoor sports complex within the NSC and a new community athletics facility.
A decision on whether Spurs or West Ham has succeeded in taking over the Olympic landmark is expected this Friday.
Crystal Palace factfile
- Could start life as a reduced capacity 25,000 seat stadium
- In its 40,000 capacity version it could feature
- 50 x 10 person executive boxes
- One VIP suite for up to 80 persons-these can be balanced with available pitch
- frontage for other hospitality spaces
- Two banqueting/lounges at 500-800 capacity with pitch views (greater views with
- less boxes)
- Potential community/hotel space
- Bar/lounge for 200 people, no pitch view
- up to 1,000m² office space
- 1,000m². club shop
- 300m² media
- 200m² players’ facilities
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