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Wolverhampton Council not worried about Wolves' Molineux plans

By Richard Guttridge | Wolverhampton | Wolves | Published:

Wolverhampton Council has no concerns that Wolves will abandon their long-term vision to redevelop Molineux, its leader Ian Brookfield has said.

How a rebuilt Molineux could look

It was revealed this week that the planned rebuild of the club's historic home was likely to be put on hold in favour of increasing the capacity on a gradual basis.

Bringing in temporary seating between the South Bank and Steve Bull Stand is one option thought to be being explored.

It has raised questions about the long-term plan for Molineux.

How Molineux currently looks. Photo: AMA

Bulldozing the dated Steve Bull Stand would have a massive impact on attendances and building behind it, as Liverpool did as part of the Anfield revamp, could prove tricky due to a lack of space.

Despite these complications Wolves are thought to be committed to remaining at Molineux, their home since 1889, and eventually increasing capacity to around 50,000.

Club bosses are keen to tap into the ever-growing demand to watch Wolves. All league games have sold out in home areas this season and there are around 10,000 people on a season-ticket waiting list.

'A massive development'

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Council leader Councillor Brookfield said the authority stands ready to support the club where needed and that he had not been told anything to suggest Wolves are preparing to change course on the stadium plans.

He said: "We are working with Wolves to deliver a ground for the future. It is a big piece of land so there are many partners including the university.

Rail seating was installed in the South Bank last summer. Photo: AMA

"There are a lot of discussions and there is going to have to be a lot of money invested. We will work with Wolves to deliver what they are dreaming of. We want to do that because it will be a huge benefit to the city.

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"We're not just looking at the stadium, it's all the extra bits, hotels, shops and people living around it.

"It's not just as easy as putting up the John Ireland Stand like they did in the late '70s, it's a massive development.

An aerial view of Molineux from earlier this season. Photo: AMA

"We're happy working with Jeff Shi and Fosun. There are definite plans to redevelop and redevelop in the city which is the most important thing.

"As far as I'm aware Wolves are absolutely committed to the city, Molineux Stadium and the locality.

"A redevelopment of that size there are going to be hiccups along the way, I'm sure of it."

Councillor Brookfield added: "If they went outside the city it wouldn't be Wolves anymore. The club themselves know that."

Council chiefs are also keen to get rid of the subway near Molineux as part of plans to create a walkway to the ground from the city centre.

Richard Guttridge

By Richard Guttridge
Investigations Editor - @RichG_star

Investigations Editor for the Express & Star.

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