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Design & Development

Aston Villa details summer development plans for Villa Park

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Aston Villa has announced plans to move forward with the development of Villa Park this summer, which will lead to the displacement of some season ticket holders.

As part of plans to provide a “first-class supporter experience”, Villa will install new rail seating and additional seats in the stadium bowl to increase capacity for fans.

New hospitality areas will also be added across a range of price points. The work will take place over the summer ahead of Villa’s first-ever season in the UEFA Champions League.

The redevelopment will lead to the displacement of around 900 existing season tickets in the North, Doug Ellis and Trinity Road stands. The impacted fans will be contacted separately regarding their season ticket renewal process and will be prioritised ahead of any tickets going on general sale.

Following consultation with the club’s fan advisory board, Villa has agreed to limit the price increase on an adult season ticket to 5%. Full renewal pricing will be announced in due course.

Villa has been planning to expand the capacity of Villa Park from 42,785 to over 50,000, but in December the club’s president of business operations, Chris Heck, said it would be a “bad idea” to rebuild the North Stand and reduce the stadium’s capacity for two seasons.

Birmingham City Council approved revised plans for the Villa Park project in October, and the capacity had been due to be upgraded in the lead-up to UEFA Euro 2028, when Villa Park will be a host venue.

It is unclear whether Villa still intends on increasing the capacity to 50,000, with Heck stating the need to step back and “re-evaluate’ what is best for fans.

Speaking to the club’s website in December, Heck said: “There’s no better home advantage than at Villa Park and I think it would be a bad idea to tear down one of the stands for a two-year period while we’re playing like we are. I think that going forward, everything should be about all fans, and not just about one particular stand.”

Villa is also planning a multi-purpose community and entertainment space, which will be named The Warehouse.

Next season marks Villa’s 150th anniversary and the club will be unveiling plans to celebrate the milestone ahead of the start of the campaign.