WOLVES PLAN TO REDEVELOP MOLINEUX STADIUM

Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club has revealed plans to transform Molineux Stadium for the 2014/15 season.

The plans include complete revamp of the ground, taking capacity from 30,000 to 50,000.

In the first phase, over a three-year period, the North and East stands will be demolished and new two-tier stands created.

Later phases will see a new top-tier added to the South stand and a possible capacity increase in the West stand, bringing the stadium capacity to a total of 50,000.

Jez Moxey, Wolves chief executive, said: "These plans represent an exciting vision for the redevelopment of Molineux.

"Redeveloping Molineux will vastly improve supporters' facilities and provide a significant boost to the local economy at a time when the country is attempting to come out of a painful recession.

“By bringing fans much closer to the pitch they will not only get the most fantastic view of the football action but it will also dramatically boost the atmosphere which, we hope, will give the team a true home advantage when playing at Molineux.”

The design depicts a 21st Century Molineux that respects the club's heritage, including the gold and black colours.

During the rebuilding of Molineux its capacity will be significantly reduced.

Moxey added:  "I do think we've got a special club and when you're rebuilding a stadium you have to have respect for the heritage of the club.

"I think we are doing that with the designs of the stadium whilst also contributing something which will be a great legacy for the club.

"We've got a wonderful stadium here but there is a need to develop it further.

"We need to grow as a club and it's a big commitment we are making but we have great confidence in our ability to develop."

Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers first moved to Molineux in 1889 from their original Dudley Road ground where they began playing in 1887.

The club will submit a more detailed planning application later in the summer.

Posted on 28/05/2010