Aston Villa has been awarded planning permission by Birmingham City Council for the redevelopment and extension of Villa Park.
The project will see the stadium’s capacity increase to 50,000 from the current limit of 42,000 with a brand new North Stand.
It would enable the ground to host major international tournaments, with Villa Park shortlisted for the UK and Ireland’s bid to host the 2028 European Championship.
Improvements will also be made to the existing Trinity Stand, as well as a new club shop and academy building. Public space around the North Stand and along Witton Road will also be expanded.
“This is great news firstly for our fans – many of whom are on waiting lists for season tickets; secondly for the club itself – as our long-term competitive strategy depends on continued growth,” said Villa CEO Christian Purslow.
“Finally for our city and region – with the prospect of a redeveloped villa park that will encourage economic regeneration in our local community and bring international football back to Birmingham.”
There will also be upgrades to transportation and accessibility on the ground and in the environment. Improvements to Witton Station are planned, funded by the West Midlands Combined Authority, with transport bosses looking at making trains more regular and improving access. Parking and traffic in the area are also considered a concern.
Club hospitality, food and beverage outlets and better Wi-Fi are also on the agenda for improvements during the expansion.
An Aston Villa press release added: “Gaining planning approval at Villa Park is an exciting and essential first step in realizing the club’s vision to be a world-class venue and a catalyst for its continued redevelopment of the Aston area as part of the larger city Master plan.
“The club will continue to work closely with all stakeholders to ensure that elements of the project beyond Aston Villa’s control, such as transport system and infrastructure works, are prioritized to deliver the best outcome for our fans, the local community, the city and the wider region
“Progress in these sectors will be key to confirming a timetable and sequence of Villa Park works.
“Once operational, the Villa Park redevelopment will contribute an estimated £119.9 million each year to the West Midlands economy, create hundreds of jobs during and after construction and attract 1.65 million visitors to the area each year.”