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Stadium decision to be made this week

While the nations focus is on the Olympic Stadium and whether West Ham or Tottenham will get the keys to the door in 2012, Wolves fans are focussed a lot closer to home.

The future of our home is set to be decided this week (thankfully without a running track in sight).

The 40million development will see Molineux swell from a 29,408 capacity to one of 37,000 with the possibility of a further expansion, raising the capacity again to 50,000, if of course it is deemed necessary.

The Stan Cullis Stand will be knocked down to make way for a new two-tier stand during phase one, phase two will see the Steve Bull Stand is rebuilt.

A new club store, museum 'banqueting suites' and cafe will also built under the plans.

But will the club blink and go ahead with the developments with our Premier League future in doubt? Or will a decision be postponed until our future is a little bit clearer?

"A decision regarding whether or not we`ll proceed with stadium redevelopment in the summer will be made in late January or early February and everything is still on track." Wolves spokesman Matt Grayson said to the Express & Star.

Clearly our Premier League future will not be any clearer by then, so I wonder what factors are being considered by those walking the corridors at Molineux?



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Writer: Akela Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday January 24 2011

Time: 2:06PM

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i think that the plans will get the go ahead this week.. it seems to me that the 3M's have been holding back in terms of spending money on players, and surely that's because of this stadium thing isn't it? which would suggest that it's going to go ahead. i don't know wether short term this will benefit us because the team needs stengthening (i'm sure we all agree on that).. but i think in the long term wolves future will be a brighter one with a bigger stadium.. we will be more financially stable.. i dont think we're ever going to match the big spenders until we have that sort of financial security.. look at what portsmouth did.. but at the same time, the money we'll receive for being in the premier league again next year would surely eclipse whatever it would cost to buy a couple of good defenders. i would hate to see us relegated from the premiership when we could have done more to stay there
SmithyWolves
Smithy, I agree, Premiership status must be the priority - without it, there's no need for stadium improvements. Saturday must have a been a big flashy warning light that this squad has major funding needed. If we dont get defensive reinforcements, you can forget stadium plans, and forget playing in the premiership.
Ad Mant
I've said the same thing on more than one occasion but, although Jez reads my blogs (a denial about a Jarvis departure followed immediately after I had raised the issue), he clearly doesn't act on the advice. If we go down, we will not need a bigger stadium. Even this year, except for the Liverpool game, I have seen empty seats at all the matches I have attended. Would Scunthorpe draw in the 40,000+ crowds?
Southbank60
I've said the same thing on more than one occasion but, although Jez reads my blogs (a denial about a Jarvis departure followed immediately after I had raised the issue), he clearly doesn't act on the advice. If we go down, we will not need a bigger stadium. Even this year, except for the Liverpool game, I have seen empty seats at all the matches I have attended. Would Scunthorpe draw in the 50,000+ crowds? We need defenders and now, it seems, midfielders too. When is Guedioura due back?
Southbank60
He's watching you Banksy so I'd lay off the paint for a bit :) At the end of the day there is a company out there who are waiting on an answer- potentially they have a greatly profitable contract to hand but who would want to press that green button right now. As you point out, we can't even sell out 29,000 in the Premier League. based on two basic factors, inflated prices and our global effort to recover from an economic crisis which is far from repaired. Whilst in a perfect world we would provide them with an answer once our fate is decided come the end of the season, can the company afford to turn down work with the very real possibility their bricks and cement will not be needed in the summer and beyond, as in several years. Of course not. It is going to prove exceptionally interesting when the final decision is made because it will prove the first concrete 'statement' with regards Morgan's faith in Mick, our realistic survival hopes, and our future. Personally, as would appear the general consensus, what is the point in building big stadiums that will prove half empty in the event of relegation. Develop the squad, enjoy continuity and growth and then build a stadium to match what we boast on the field.
New York City Wolf
Spot on, NYCW.
Southbank60
 

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