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Premier League new boys Bournemouth will not be expanding stadium for next season


 
 

Newly promoted Bournemouth will not be planning any stadium expansions of their Goldsands Stadium ahead of their debut season in the Premier League.

The Goldsands Stadium currently has a capacity of 11,700, and will be by far the smallest stadium in the top flight.

The stadium will already need some work to improve facilities in order to meet Premier League standards for media facilities as well as other areas.

And chief executive Neil Blake has said the required work means that expanding the capacity would not be practical.

"When all of the factors were weighed up, it just wasn't feasible to push ahead with expansion of the stadium," he said.

"There are a vast number of demands for change behind the scenes placed on any club following promotion to the Premier League. We have to ensure we meet those demands in time for next season."

"It will take a great deal of planning, time and hard work to meet the guidelines within the space of the next few months, and factoring in the expansion of the South Stand as well was virtually impossible."

"There are also well known com­pli­cati­ons with the land behind the South Stand, due to it being a former waste tip. With intensive testing necessary before any building work can be done, something which can take months to complete. This was one of the major stumbling blocks in our proposed plans.

Blake also went on to say that the main area the club are looking to invest in is the first team squad.

"In addition, our first priority is to invest in the squad and football staff in­fra­struc­tu­re to support boss Eddie Howe and his coaching staff, which we believe is the best strategy to maintain our Premier League status." he said

"If we are able to retain our place in the Premier League, stadium capacity will be a priority for the following season," he said.

Bournemouth sealed top spot in the Championship on the final day of the season, with Watford also joining them in the Premier League, whilst either Mid­dle­sbrough or Norwich will join them from the play-off final.

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