NORWICH LOOK TO CARROW ROAD REDEVELOPMENT

Norwich City Football Club has announced it will expand Carrow Road rather than build a new stadium at a different site.

City has played at their current home since 1935 and the news will no doubt please club supporters. The Championship club has had high crowds throughout the season and it was thought the club would consider a move to build a new stadium.

Chief executive David McNally told Future Radio: "This is our home and it is pretty sacred to most supporters so it would have to be a significant development for us to leave here. So I can’t envisage that.

"Where else can you be five minutes away from a beautiful railway station? Where else is a football club situated, even if you walk slowly, 10 minutes away from the city centre?"

However McNally admitted that any expansion to the ground would be unlikely until it had the financial benefits from being in the Barclays Premier League. Norwich certainly have a chance of gaining promotion this season which could mean a capacity increase to their 27,000-seater home could happen sooner than expected.

"I think we can get to 35,000 eventually but the thing that would hold us back is the capital investment that you would need to get there, with the City Stand development being up to £20m so it would be wrong to go ahead with that in the short term," he added.

"If we can get 35,000 seats into Carrow Road then we can become a self-sustainable Premier League football club."

Posted on 02/03/2011