Wolverhampton Wanderers Chairman Jeff Shi has admitted this weekend that the club could possibly look at a stadium relocation as part of our plans to increase capacity in the future.
— Tim Spiers (@tim_spiers_Star) August 5, 2018
Speaking to the Express and Star this weekend, Shi admitted that the idea wasn’t off the table as we have plans to attempt do double the size of the stadium if we retain our Premier League status in 2018/19.
We have already pencilled in plans to double the South Bank in size to a single-tiered 10,000 capacity and that work is due to start next summer, but we are looking at further options to increase capacity given the longer term aims of our owners for success in the game.
Leaving the Molineux after our 129 association would be a big wrench for many supporters and it’s the first time such an idea has been aired and it certainly got tongues wagging and managing director Laurie Dalrymple was quickly dispatched to clarify that such a move would only be as a ‘last resort’ for the club.
Reactions were predictably mixed to this, but I was surprised so many seemed open to the idea of moving. Maybe I’m more traditional than I thought?
I still pinch myself when we get honest and open responses like this from the club. My, how far we've come in the last few years.
— Julie ???? ???? ???? (@julie_cooling) August 5, 2018
The only resort should be if Molineux were to take a direct hit from a bomb
— Tom Willett (@WiIIett) August 5, 2018
To be fair they could probably just knock Wolves city centre down and build a new ground where the Mander City is… it's been a ghost town for years!
— andywolf83???????????? (@Woodthewolf83) August 5, 2018
Must say every time I read something from @LaurieDalrymple he comes across as an amazing guy who just gets it. Loved his piece about Ikeme in the match day program. He really is a great guy for the club.
— WeemanRich Edwards (@Weemanrich) August 5, 2018
Let's walk before we can run please
— Gareth Roberts (@djhaze2004) August 5, 2018
Stay where we are we could re build north bank it’s awful Roof doesn’t keep fans dry toilets totally inadequate for the numbers Built on the cheep Chheper than moving
/\_/\ ay we
— Michael Hanlon (@Michael34093445) August 5, 2018
Infrastructure around the ground would need to massively improve too. However, everyone in the would benefit from Wolves success. Local council should work with them to accommodate larger ground requirements and improved access / exit from the ground pre and post match.
— Dave Webley (@Wolvesrug) August 5, 2018
No problems in moving stadium. No one ever wants to move but it comes with success. It's a small club mentality to stay there even if there is an emotional attachment.
— The Footy Index Man (@footyindexman) August 5, 2018
We really shouldn’t be leaving the Molineux. It’s our home and always has been!
— DaveR (@wolfman_55) August 5, 2018
If it comes with a 50k stadium and European football, they can do what the hell they like.
— Dan Southall (@WolfInDerby) August 5, 2018
— Mark Griffiths (@Macca3lions) August 5, 2018
Molineux is perfectly placed near the town centre . Train station close by , the shops and pubs all within walking distance . Move to the outskirts you lose everything
— stephen day (@DayStephen3) August 5, 2018
Molineux is part of what this club is tho, if that goes we will be losing our identity
— Robbie Walker (@Robbie_walker89) August 5, 2018