Stadium Update | Extra Sir Elton John Stand Capacity
WATFORD FC'S Sir Elton John Stand is currently being developed to provide an additional 700 seats at the front of the structure.
The planning behind a busy summer of works at Vicarage Road Stadium started immediately after the end of the promotion-winning 2014/15 campaign.
Several capital expenditure projects have been considered by Hornets' officials, with the first of those underway the decision to increase the stadium's capacity in the most efficient manner possible.
There are also a number of mandatory developments which need to happen, in particular to comply with Premier League media & IT facility requirements.
The staircases at the foot of The Sir Elton John Stand have been removed, with seats to take their place down to pitch level, providing a total increase in capacity of around 700 - taking the stadium's total figure to just over 21,000.
One of those Premier League requirements to fulfil is pitch sizing. The pitch dimensions will be 105 metres x 68 metres, which means an increase in length of 1.4 metres and 2 metres in width. LED boards will be installed around the three TV-facing sides of the Vicarage Road pitch perimeter, mirroring the set-up at many other top-flight stadia.
Media & IT facilities will be enhanced significantly. A doubling of the main TV commentary gantry will take place, the structure which hangs from the roof of the Upper Graham Taylor Stand. Smaller pods will be installed at a similar height to serve 18-yard line positions.
And there will be a gantry platform construction bolted to the Graham Taylor Stand fascia, where 'The Graham Taylor Stand' lettering currently sits. This lettering will be re-sited after the near-50 metre gantry width - hosting all of the overseas commentary and camera positions required - has been installed. Views for those in both tiers of The Graham Taylor Stand will not be adversely affected by these works.
Hawkeye (Goal Decision System), IT hardwiring, Wifi provision for media and permanent TV studios are other matters also on the agenda during a busy summer at Vicarage Road.