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CEO Darren Eales Doesn’t Give Much Away On Possible St. James’ Park Expansion

Newcastle United CEO Darren Eales met with fans who are part of the new Fan Advisory Board (FAB) at their first meeting late last month and the notes have been released from that meeting.

On the possible increase of the St. James’ Park capacity, Eales said the following:

“The club expects results back from the fan feasibility report in April.”

Asked what the deal capacity was, Eales said the following:

“The feasibility study will help us to answer key questions, including what an ideal capacity might be.”

“The priority is to stay at St. James’ Park, but we know there are challenges around development.”

The notes from the inaugural meeting included the following:

“A topline overview of the club’s ongoing Stadium Feasibility Survey project was given, with an outline aim of “exploring the art of the possible” and ensuring a greater number of supporters could attend matches.”

“The priority when commissioning the project was to remain at St.James’ Park but that no recommendations had yet been made.”

Our view is that an increase in capacity from 52,300 to around 60,000 would not be enough unless there is a staged development plan with getting to 60,000 possibly being the initial stage.

With our owners’ ambitions for the club, we should try – if possible – to have a staged plan to get closer to 70.000, but that may not be possible, with the existing limitations.

However, it will be interesting when the study results are released in April.

We would love for the club to stay at St. James’ Park and make the stadium look even better than it does now.

It’s an iconic stadium the club has used since its formation in 1892 when the West End and East End clubs united into one club – Newcastle United.

We look forward to seeing the report next month – when we will have many more answers on the proposed project and Darren Eales could announce exactly what will happen with St. James’ Park.

What do you think?

13 comments so far

  • jane

    Mar 23, 2024 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #1


  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 23, 2024 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #2

    i do not understand Cup Final why the Lasses cup final game is not being shown anywhere.

    Plenty of other women’s games are!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • captainmarvel

    Mar 23, 2024 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #3

    Agreed Essex, it is ridiculous!

  • onmeedsun

    Mar 23, 2024 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #4

    I believe all fans would prefer having SJP built into a brand new stadium. What we have now is nothing like the old SJP and is very lopsided, so loses a lot of atmosphere. So there is no sentimental value in what we have now, except the location and name. Bug where do we play for 2 years. The only place nearby is the SOS but try getting 48k fans on the metro to Sunderland. And the risk of violence etc. non starter really. So as Hibbit said, my preference is the only option that keeps us in the city centre and is right next to SJP, and that enables us to keep playing at SJP during the build. Leazes Park. I walk thru it every match day. Yes there are hurdles to overcome but it’s the only realistic option that gives us a state of the art stadium in the city. But will the powers that be facilitate this. Perhaps money will talk and the council will get something in return.

  • captainmarvel

    Mar 23, 2024 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #5

    It is on BBC sport at 2.30 and on iplayer.

  • onmeedsun

    Mar 23, 2024 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #6

    I am off to the women’s final today. Just 7 miles up the road from where I live. Match report to follow.

  • Swablr

    Mar 23, 2024 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #7

    Essex Bill and Lesh, from yesterday. The more I watch that vid, the more staggered I am.
    I realised you could pause the vid at any point and the names frozen on the screen would be those playing at that very moment. It’s mindbending!!

  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Mar 23, 2024 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #8

    A big well done to Leicester having the spirit and courage to take on an anti competitive secret political clique. English football has never been in a bigger mess imo. It’s corrupt to the core and It’s not a competitive market and it’s sickening it’s been allowed to happen in the country where the great sport was created.

    Go and highlight this Leicester. Good luck

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 23, 2024 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #9


    Aye, I just found that out as well, cheers! 🙂

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 23, 2024 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #10

    Whats the chances of Bruno and AG going into a tackle together and both getting injured. With our luck this season!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 23, 2024 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #11


    Well done, enjoy the game, 3-0 to our lasses? 🙂

  • magscar

    Mar 23, 2024 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #12


    I was going to say is on NUFC-TV but i see other channels are available 🙂

    There were tickets still available the other day but not sure what position is for cash on day if others like omheedeson are near Luton

    Haway the Lasses

  • magicmac54

    Mar 23, 2024 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #13


    Cheers for you`re feedback in relation to you`re thoughts on the stadium mate, and enjoy the ladies cup final today young man.


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