Watford still targeting summer opening for new East Stand at Vicarage Road

Picture of the East Stand taken at the beginning of March. Picture: Dave Peters.

Picture of the East Stand taken at the beginning of March. Picture: Dave Peters.

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Watford are still hopeful the new East Stand at Vicarage Road will be open in time for the start of next season.

The Watford Observer contacted the Hornets yesterday (Thursday) after being told by a source outside of the club that the new structure may not be open until November after further delays.

We asked the Championship club to confirm if the stand would not be ready for the start of the 2014/15 campaign and if it was unlikely to be open before November.

Chief executive Scott Duxbury said: “The club’s goal is and always has been to have The Watford FC Community Stand fully open for the start of the new season.

“Like any large-scale multi-million pound construction project, progress is always subject to change due to a number of factors and complexities which are encountered during works.

“All parties are working tirelessly together to achieve our shared goal, although ultimately there are no deadlines set in terms of wanting to see a fully-completed, fully functional stand – something everyone at Watford has hoped for over a considerable number of years.”

Watford had initially proposed to open part of the stand earlier this season but set-backs and the summer break meant the club’s revised plan was to open it fully in August.

Yesterday, Duxbury said: “If we’re not able to open the whole stand at the first opportunity, then we would of course seek to accommodate as many supporters as possible with a part opening of the stand.”

The source from outside the club told us the latest delay was due to the decision to knock down a retaining wall which was initially scheduled to remain.

The chief executive explained: “A decision was made to extend the footprint of the changing room and therefore this has resulted in additional works being required to the rear of the stand.”

When asked if it will be possible for season-ticket holders to be in the East Stand next season, the club said it would communicate directly with those holding ‘East Stand promises’ in due course.

The club confirmed demolition work on the remaining section of the old stand is scheduled to start on June 9.

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9:06am Fri 30 May 14

HornetJJ says...

It's ready when it's ready. It isn't as if people are going to be left without somewhere to sit as the club haven't made any seats available in the new stand yet anyway!
It's ready when it's ready. It isn't as if people are going to be left without somewhere to sit as the club haven't made any seats available in the new stand yet anyway! HornetJJ
  • Score: 39

9:07am Fri 30 May 14

Wembley84 says...

“A decision was made to extend the footprint of the changing room specification to FA Premier League specification"
This sounds like a good plan to me........this coming season maybe?
“A decision was made to extend the footprint of the changing room specification to FA Premier League specification" This sounds like a good plan to me........this coming season maybe? Wembley84
  • Score: 16

9:21am Fri 30 May 14

Bonser Out says...

We have waited for decades to have a proper 4 sided stadium so a few weeks delay does not matter. Glad to see it being built at last.
We have waited for decades to have a proper 4 sided stadium so a few weeks delay does not matter. Glad to see it being built at last. Bonser Out
  • Score: 51

9:27am Fri 30 May 14

Denzil D says...

Wembley84 wrote:
“A decision was made to extend the footprint of the changing room specification to FA Premier League specification" This sounds like a good plan to me........this coming season maybe?
Though begs the question why PL-spec changing rooms weren't in the original plans if structural works are required to accomodate them... have the PL changed their requirements since or was it just an oversight?

As season tickets look likely to be down on last year there's no great need to get the whole stand open by August - better to get the right build and not cut any corners...
[quote][p][bold]Wembley84[/bold] wrote: “A decision was made to extend the footprint of the changing room specification to FA Premier League specification" This sounds like a good plan to me........this coming season maybe?[/p][/quote]Though begs the question why PL-spec changing rooms weren't in the original plans if structural works are required to accomodate them... have the PL changed their requirements since or was it just an oversight? As season tickets look likely to be down on last year there's no great need to get the whole stand open by August - better to get the right build and not cut any corners... Denzil D
  • Score: 2

10:43am Fri 30 May 14

Bush Hornet says...

If you're gonna do a job, then do it properly.
No point in rushing.
If you're gonna do a job, then do it properly. No point in rushing. Bush Hornet
  • Score: 22

12:58pm Fri 30 May 14

MainStandShambles says...

As has been said, we've waited long enough so let's get it right.

A dream is coming true, to have a proper four-sided ground once again.

Hurrah!
As has been said, we've waited long enough so let's get it right. A dream is coming true, to have a proper four-sided ground once again. Hurrah! MainStandShambles
  • Score: 7

1:20pm Fri 30 May 14

akureyri says...

Has the text been altered as I read no mention of Premier League?
Has the text been altered as I read no mention of Premier League? akureyri
  • Score: 3

2:34pm Fri 30 May 14

croxley46 says...

Any chance of an updated photo of the stand's progress? The one in the article is 3 months old, and for the last match at the Vic at least the roof was on , and the (concrete?) bases for the seats.
Any chance of an updated photo of the stand's progress? The one in the article is 3 months old, and for the last match at the Vic at least the roof was on , and the (concrete?) bases for the seats. croxley46
  • Score: 5

2:55pm Fri 30 May 14

BooRaider says...

Check this site for the latest view of the new stand.

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Check this site for the latest view of the new stand. http://iris2.time-la pse-systems.com/view er.php?img=2014-05-1 4_13-55-01.JPG&id=13 65011&pass=watford-f ootball-club-cam BooRaider
  • Score: -2

2:58pm Fri 30 May 14

endean2 says...

the question was will the stand be ready for the start of the season,
I think the response was " probably not"
the question was will the stand be ready for the start of the season, I think the response was " probably not" endean2
  • Score: 0

3:06pm Fri 30 May 14

soulfulhornet says...

MainStandShambles wrote:
As has been said, we've waited long enough so let's get it right.

A dream is coming true, to have a proper four-sided ground once again.

Hurrah!
Looks like the stand might be late - oh well a little longer wait won't kill us. Means you will have to keep your user name just a littlelonger. C'est la vie.
Better they get it right
[quote][p][bold]MainStandShambles[/bold] wrote: As has been said, we've waited long enough so let's get it right. A dream is coming true, to have a proper four-sided ground once again. Hurrah![/p][/quote]Looks like the stand might be late - oh well a little longer wait won't kill us. Means you will have to keep your user name just a littlelonger. C'est la vie. Better they get it right soulfulhornet
  • Score: 4

4:54pm Fri 30 May 14

chadderton orn says...

We have waited long enough a couple of months more won't hurt As long as it's finished for when we get promoted next season. We will need them seats then.
We have waited long enough a couple of months more won't hurt As long as it's finished for when we get promoted next season. We will need them seats then. chadderton orn
  • Score: 3

11:51pm Fri 30 May 14

Stoney77 says...

MainStandShambles wrote:
As has been said, we've waited long enough so let's get it right.

A dream is coming true, to have a proper four-sided ground once again.

Hurrah!
A proper four sided ground once again????....... We've NEVER had a proper four sided ground.
The Main stand.... it's always been a shambles!! ;o)
COYH
[quote][p][bold]MainStandShambles[/bold] wrote: As has been said, we've waited long enough so let's get it right. A dream is coming true, to have a proper four-sided ground once again. Hurrah![/p][/quote]A proper four sided ground once again????....... We've NEVER had a proper four sided ground. The Main stand.... it's always been a shambles!! ;o) COYH Stoney77
  • Score: 2

12:03am Sat 31 May 14

KeithMercer says...

Go to bed Stoney !!
Go to bed Stoney !! KeithMercer
  • Score: -2

12:05am Sat 31 May 14

KeithMercer says...

PS Well done on your seat transfer mate, look forward to roaring the Horns onto promotion with you next season.
PS Well done on your seat transfer mate, look forward to roaring the Horns onto promotion with you next season. KeithMercer
  • Score: 0

1:31am Sat 31 May 14

PozzoHornet says...

Anyone know what is going on with the pitch in the latest pictures? Are they cutting the grass or re-seeding? A tractor seems a bit excessive if they're just cutting.
Anyone know what is going on with the pitch in the latest pictures? Are they cutting the grass or re-seeding? A tractor seems a bit excessive if they're just cutting. PozzoHornet
  • Score: -2

1:33am Sat 31 May 14

PozzoHornet says...

Also, what are they doing with the bit of stand covered in metal closest to the Rookery? Is it just, staying there?
Also, what are they doing with the bit of stand covered in metal closest to the Rookery? Is it just, staying there? PozzoHornet
  • Score: -3

2:23pm Sat 31 May 14

MainStandShambles says...

soulfulhornet wrote:
MainStandShambles wrote:
As has been said, we've waited long enough so let's get it right.

A dream is coming true, to have a proper four-sided ground once again.

Hurrah!
Looks like the stand might be late - oh well a little longer wait won't kill us. Means you will have to keep your user name just a littlelonger. C'est la vie.
Better they get it right
Thanks soulfulhornet, it looks like i will eh. Mind you, i'm still miffed about the 'ring-fenced money', proving that it's not only politicians that break promises.

This stand might not be perfect but atleast it's a stand!!
[quote][p][bold]soulfulhornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MainStandShambles[/bold] wrote: As has been said, we've waited long enough so let's get it right. A dream is coming true, to have a proper four-sided ground once again. Hurrah![/p][/quote]Looks like the stand might be late - oh well a little longer wait won't kill us. Means you will have to keep your user name just a littlelonger. C'est la vie. Better they get it right[/p][/quote]Thanks soulfulhornet, it looks like i will eh. Mind you, i'm still miffed about the 'ring-fenced money', proving that it's not only politicians that break promises. This stand might not be perfect but atleast it's a stand!! MainStandShambles
  • Score: 1

2:28pm Sat 31 May 14

MainStandShambles says...

Stoney77 wrote:
MainStandShambles wrote:
As has been said, we've waited long enough so let's get it right.

A dream is coming true, to have a proper four-sided ground once again.

Hurrah!
A proper four sided ground once again????....... We've NEVER had a proper four sided ground.
The Main stand.... it's always been a shambles!! ;o)
COYH
Yes our old main stand was shambolic but to us old 'uns it had character and was er...different.

Personally i'm glad we don't have a flat-pack ground like some of the modern stadiums.
[quote][p][bold]Stoney77[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MainStandShambles[/bold] wrote: As has been said, we've waited long enough so let's get it right. A dream is coming true, to have a proper four-sided ground once again. Hurrah![/p][/quote]A proper four sided ground once again????....... We've NEVER had a proper four sided ground. The Main stand.... it's always been a shambles!! ;o) COYH[/p][/quote]Yes our old main stand was shambolic but to us old 'uns it had character and was er...different. Personally i'm glad we don't have a flat-pack ground like some of the modern stadiums. MainStandShambles
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