The scope of works at Home Park will probably be revealed in the next couple of months. So far, the club has not released many details, but it is known that the expenses for the modernisation have already been approved by the board.
Home Park has been the venue of Plymouth Argyle since 1901. The last major renovation took place in 2001-02, when the "horseshoe" of the stadium was created. This U-shaped structure has remained unchanged to this day. It consists of three stands: Devonport End, Lyndhurst Stand and Barn Park End. The Mayflower Grandstand completes the auditorium.
The revamp at the beginning of the century was the first phase of restyling the facility. It was to be followed by the reconstruction of the Mayflower Grandstand. However, works were delayed and the club later fell into debt, which led to its bankruptcy in 2011.
Soon after, the stadium was bought by the city council. Fortunately for the club, a new owner was found who improved the financial situation. This enabled Plymouth Argyle to buy back the arena from the council in 2016. Between 2011 and 2016, the club only leased Home Park from the city of Plymouth.
Redevelopment of the main stand was put on hold until 2018. Then it received new seats and a roof. The standing section at the front of the stand was removed and replaced with seats. The back-up facilities were also renovated.
All the necessary works were completed during the 2018/19 season. Since then, the venue has not changed much. Only ad hoc works were carried out without any major interference in the structure of the stands.
This month, the club's management approved the renovation work expenditure. However, no big changes should be expected. The upgrades are primarily aimed at improving the comfort of spectators visiting Home Park thanks to the addition of new amenities.
Moreover, the works will focus on the aesthetics of the stands and the external form of the venue. The new gate signage around the perimeter of the stadium has already been created.
It is possible that new areas will be made that will allow the arena to earn money on non-match days. More details are to be revealed in the coming months. Perhaps then we will also get to know the exact work schedule and cost estimate.
Author: Tomasz Sobura