England: Watford considering a brand new stadium
source: TheAthletic.com; author: michał
Revealed earlier today by The Athletic, this is how a purpose-built stadium could look, should Watford FC decide to leave Vicarage Road and move north-east.
Currently with capacity of over 22,000, Vicarage Road is among the smallest stadiums in Premier League and average crowds of nearly 21,000 mean it's time to grow. Not that it hasn't. After all, in 2014 the new east stand was added and a year later expanded by 1,000 more seats. Then the north-east corner followed.
Finally, in late 2019 it was revealed that Watford have hired global stadium leaders Populous to add a second tier over both the east and west stands. Combined, this would bring Vicarage Road's capacity to over 30,000, possibly 32,000. The ambitious plan would come at a price of £40 million (€46m / $52m).
Now The Athletic published exclusive images of what might be in Watford's long-term future. Apparently, the club is examining an option of relocating as their current home is nearing a century in operation.
The new stadium's site lies under 2 km north-east of the stadium, with a golf course currently occupying the potential site. Precise capacity is unclear but it should be presumed it would exceed 30,000 as well. Perhaps more importantly, however, it would multiply the space for hospitality, retail and other sources of revenue.
Vicarage Road is significantly constrained spatially and after the latest phase of expansion it's hard to see where additional seating could be fitted.