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From Randy Lerner's farewell drivel:

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It is here that the agreement I wish to announce with Tony Xia ties into my short narrative: Tony has built his career around infrastructure. He is certainly a hugely successful businessman but importantly for me he is passionate about architecture, site design and planning. His commitment to invest in the squad, and leadership at Bodymoor Heath was expressed early on but as we visited together, and had some unrushed time to discuss his plans, Tony's excitement to develop Villa Park shone through. I remain convinced that this is a crucial part of the Club's future as it provides a critical, long-term second source of revenue and therefore sustainability for the Club from which squad-funding can potentially come.

Jumping the gun?  Perhaps filling our current capacity first should be a priority?

I for one however would welcome an update to the North Stand, that dour old 70's office block that doesn't even reach the corner flags is in dire need of a facelift.

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Couldn't give a shit about redeveloping Villa Park, but presumably our new owner isn't stupid enough to think we'll need to develop the stadium while we dick about in the lower leagues. It would suggest he has some more short term plans that'll enable the necessity to develop the stadium.

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What could you possible do with Villa Park? Casino, Shopping Centre, Entertainment complex all done over at Genting Resorts World is it really going to compete. Unless he plans to level all of Aston to turn it into a business hub.

Lots of space to go things but is there any point, Im not the billionaire owner of Villa so do what you wish Doc. 

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It seems like this man is very smart, hopefully he see the sense in low ticket prices, big attendances, great atmosphere and a great stadium being an important part of rebuilding the club.

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Redevelopment has to be considered quite quickly I would have thought?  Should Xia's hopes/plans come to fruition then it wouldn't make financial sense to redevelop the ground if we were say back amongst the top six of the Premiership.   Start Monday I say :D

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Sounds like development is what he's all about, and some of the designs on the company's website are extraordinary.  Think there will be some pretty big plans for the future.

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It says 'critical, long term, second source of revenue' - that is way way more than naming rights or a new North Stand.

It means houses etc.

Lots of them. On land we own.  And people, jobs etc.  I'm sure it means a lot more than the ground itself.

Yes it will mean income from other events , and sponsorship, but I'm convinced its more to do with the real estate potential.

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19 minutes ago, Nicho said:

What could you possible do with Villa Park? Casino, Shopping Centre, Entertainment complex all done over at Genting Resorts World is it really going to compete. Unless he plans to level all of Aston to turn it into a business hub.

Lots of space to go things but is there any point, Im not the billionaire owner of Villa so do what you wish Doc. 

I reckon you have got it right there.

London is full.  This area is absolutely begging to be developed.

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20 minutes ago, maqroll said:

I think it's bye bye North Stand and hello modern end with more seats.

Can't wait to see the plans!

This is the best possible news on the heels of relegation.

A massive day in the history of Aston Villa. 

Let's go and win the **** division and take revenge on our Premier League enemies the following year.

UTV!

I just don't see a new North stand as being either particularly grand, exciting, or guaranteeing future revenues.

So, once more, I put my money on massive urban development.

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How much land do we own around the ground now? Haven't we sold most of it off?

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Just now, Davkaus said:

How much land do we own around the ground now? Haven't we sold most of it off?

I thought that. Long term suggests not housing. Housing is a big part of how he's made his money by the sound of things - the urbanisation of China - but it sounds like he's an infrastructure guy rather than a bricks and mortar company.

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1 minute ago, terrytini said:

I just don't see a new North stand as being either particularly grand, exciting, or guaranteeing future revenues.

So, once more, I put my money on massive urban development.

Haven't Man City already done something very similar?  Star City only up the road I suppose, so could some redevelopment be done in the area to almost link both? Exciting times for sure. 

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need to get back into the prem then start filling the ground on  a regular basis before we even think about it. no point spending money on the north stand until we are ready to increase capacity which could be a few years yet.

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Dynamite the directors box and players lounge... too much of a stink in there to clean up. Replace with something all asian and intimidating. Rebuild that stand right up against the pitch too. Fortress VP!

 

 

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1 hour ago, ferguson1 said:

I can get Xia a discount on skip hire if he is willing to pay cash?  

He's run out of cash, gave it all to Randy in £20's

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