Plymouth fans voice approval for new Home Park stadium ideas at Theatre Royal consultation
LONGSTANDING Argyle fans, Outland Road businesses and curious residents were all at the Theatre Royal to take a peek at the new vision for Home Park.
The city centre theatre was hosting a display of the pre-application plans detailing the £50 million proposal for developing the Pilgrims ground into an iconic landmark.
The blown-up consultation images showed designs of a new grandstand for Home Park Stadium, a 10 screen cinema and a 1,500 seater ice skating rink arena.
Members of the Green Army said they were pleased to see solid plans for their stadium.
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Terry Leythorne, an Argyle fan for over 50 years, said: "From a fan's perspective it is a good idea. Other clubs have done it, like Chelsea and Manchester United for example, so we should be able to as well."
Mr Leythorne did have concerns about the traffic around Home Park however, saying: "I do think something will have to be done about the traffic on Outland Road.
"It can already be slow moving up there and this is bound to attract more cars. It could be chaos up there – I wouldn't like to be living in the area while this is being built."
Another fan, Pete Mehigan, said he hoped the development would lead to improvements to the park itself.
He said: "It is brilliant and a breath of fresh air to that area. I hope the rest of the park gets a spin-off from it as there are things that need updating."
The £50m development, if given approval, could create 600 construction jobs. The final build will include a hotel, new tree-lined routes through the park, improvements to sporting facilities such as a new changing room for sports field users and also a memorial garden.
Edmund Shillabeer, a member of the Plymouth Argyle Supporters' Board, voiced his support for the proposal.
He said: "It is good we have a concrete plan. The owner has worked hard to provide a model to give us confidence that it will be built and that we can generate non-football related income. I know there are some fans that feel the new capacity is not as high as they would have liked but I'm just glad it's coming to fruition as we have waited a long time for this."