It’s only a quick one, but it’s something I’ve often thought about too. I’m really not convinced the plan to rebuild solely the North stand has ever been the solution and it should be the Witton lane that should be rebuilt too, even if it means you have to pay the residents on that side loads of bunce to accept being kicked out.
I just don’t get the idea of the North stand. It used to be where the opposition fans went and you abused each other and supported your club. While it’s better than it used to be (I remember sitting up there in the 90’s and it was bleak) it’s still not good imo.
Rebuild the North stand and then build a new Witton lane at the same height.
But most importantly, don’t wrap it. Retain the seperate stands, because that’s what people like about Villa Park, I think. It’s traditional.
However, here’s the view that made me post this;
“Apparently there are now 30,000 fans on the waiting list for a season ticket, my uncle has reliably informed me. Despite being a season ticket holder, he hasn’t been able to get me two tickets together for the Burnley match so I won’t be taking my 6 year old lad to his first game. Very disappointed and the little man will be gutted.
I’ve said it before, but going through all the rigmarole of redeveloping the North Stand for only a 15,000 increase in capacity seems mad! Go as high as you can behind the goal and wrap it with the Doug Ellis, I say! In fact, why not do it in two stages: the North Stand massive two tier development first (as big as it will go), followed by the levelling of the Doug Ellis and another two or three tier monster to join it! Leaving the iconic Holte End and Trinity Road as stand alone landmarks. A perfect balance of tradition and modern progress. St James’ Park is a very good example, with the massive redevelopment wrapping with the lower original stand. 55,000 is not enough and limits the club’s seemingly unlimited potential!!
I want some tickets! 🙁”