For those of you that haven’t read about this yet, Wolves have unveiled their plans for redeveloping Molineux in order to improve facilities and increase the capacity to 36,000+.
You can read the official notes about this on the Wolves site here:
In essence, there are four phases to the build:
Phases 1 & 2
These first two phases, which will hopefully be completed by the start of the 2014/15 campaign (4 years time roughly) will see the Steve Bull and Stan Cullis stands effectively knocked down and replaced with shiny new ones.
I suppose the big news here is that the Stan Cullis becomes a two tier rather than a traditional ‘Kop’ as it were. Work on this stand is top of the agenda and is scheduled to begin at the end of the forthcoming 2010/2011 campaign.
They’re also building a corner stand in between the new Stan Cullis and the Steve Bull, where away supporters will be located. I should imagine this will be music to the ears of people in the South Bank who hate giving up their seats. I for one welcome this, as I’ve always felt the away supporters get far too big a chunk of Molineux, particularly when they fill the lower Steve Bull.
Phase 2, as explained by the club ‘will see the Steve Bull (East) Stand being rebuilt over a two-season period (2012/13 and 2013/14), scheduled to be ready for the start of the 2014/15 season. However, it is hoped a significant number of seats will be released during the 2013/14 season for home supporters. When this is finished the capacity will be 36,000.’
This optional third phase will see the Jack Harris having it’s roof taken off and a second tier added to the stand.
Finally, a complete redevelopment of the Billy Wright, but only if, as it it states on the official release, ‘if additional seats are required’. I’m guessing they won’t be with the ground pushing towards a 40,000 capacity anyway, so if this does happen it surely won’t be for a very long time to come.
I’ll be very interested to learn how the club cope with a reduced capacity whilst this work is taking place. Jez Moxey has alluded to the idea that Season Ticket holders will be looked after first and foremost, so at a guess, I’m thinking less tickets will be given to away supporters and less will be allocated to people who pick and choose their matches. Whatever the plan, I’m sure a significant number won’t be very happy.
So anyway, enough of me rambling on, what do we all think of these plans?