Newcastle United co-owner Mehrdad Ghodoussi insists there is no chance a new stadium is going to be built on Tyneside.
Instead, he’s revealed that they plan to work with the council to see if changes can be made to increase the capacity at St James’ Park to “60 or 65,000.”
With several home games immediately sold out and many supporters struggling to get tickets for games on Tyneside following the arrival of Howe, newfound hope and ambitious owners, some wondered if a big new stadium was inevitable down the line.
However, Ghodoussi believes there is something ‘unique and special’ about SJP, saying it would be like ‘tearing out the soul’ of this football club if they built a new ground elsewhere.
Here’s what he’s had to say when discussing this matter in a brilliant interview with The Athletic:
“St James’ Park is unique, special, the cathedral of the city, sitting on its hill.
“We will definitely look at expanding it, working with the city and council to see what we can do.
“There are a lot of things that need to happen first, but that’s the way forward.
“If we can get it to 60 or 65,000 thousand, amazing, and we will look at every possibility.
“But are we going to build a new stadium? No. It would be like tearing your soul out.”
St James’ Park is our cathedral on the hill. The hub of our beloved city and the place we will always call home.
Anywhere else would just feel soulless and wrong, making these comments from one of our co-owners hugely promising – especially when early moves are being made to add an extra 10 to 15,000 seats to our 52,000 stadium.
If (and hopefully when) our new owners bring success to Newcastle United, we want to witness it at St James’ Park!