With the way the Newcastle United Football Club is now being run, we know we’ll not be the first ones who think it’s a good time to start planning an extension to St. James’ Park, so the seating capacity expands beyond 60,000.
Artist’s Impression of the Proposed Â£300M expansion to St. James’ Park
We say that because we’re sure it’s already been thought about by at least Chris Mort, because the signing of Kevin Keegan and the expected arrival of attacking and entertaining football again on Tyneside will mean there will be no problems in filling St. James Park by an extra 10,000 in attendance.
Even before Sam Allardyce was appointed Manager, new plans were announced on April 2nd by Newcastle United. The plans were for a Â£300m three-phase development – including a major conference center, hotels and luxury apartments at St. Jamesâ€™ Park – plus an extension of the St. James Park ground capacity.
It would include the expansion of the football ground to 60,000 by increasing the capacity by at least 8,000 at the Gallowgate End on land above St Jamesâ€™ Metro Station. It was to be in 3 phases:
- Phase 1, for which planning positioned is being sought – will be a 140-bedroom hotel complex.
- Phase 2 will be Superior apartments on the site of the existing public car park, overlooking Leazes Park – with an address of Number 1 St. Jamesâ€™ Park.
- Phase 3 will be the Ground Expansion – of at least 8,000 – with a new stand at the Gallowgate end – to make the overall capacity of the ground at least 60,000.
We’re not quite sure what the status of this project is at the moment. Maybe some of our readers know more than we do.
But we think it’s worth the club thinking now about how to get the ground expanded by even more than the 8,000 planned in the scheme above. Newcastle United will then be able to gain additional revenues, which will help us to bring in new players.
60,000 screaming Geordies is also a little more threatening to the opposition, than 52,000 screaming Geordies.Â Â Â 😀
What do you think?
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