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Khan put Riverside Stand development on hold

last updated Tuesday 30th May 2017, 4:02 PM

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Fulham's proposed Riverside Stand redevelopment was put on hold by Shahid Khan in order to ensure it fully increased revenue from hospitality and kiosks, as well as making the design more 'iconic'.

Speaking to Construction News , Kevin Underwood, director at Buckingham Group, revealed that Mr Khan put a hold on the redevelopment of the new stand just two weeks before the company were due to start on the site in order to review the whole design.

Coming from an NFL background, Mr Khan wanted to maximise the revenue Fulham could get from hospitality and kiosks in the new stands, something that is principle to new NFL stadiums in the United States.

As a result, Mr Khan ordered a complete review of the stand which has come up with a revised proposal of the Riverside Stand.

In his chat with Construction News, Mr Underwood said: "The chairman wanted to review the whole of the design, and went to a different designer.

"I understand there’s now been a complete review, with a revised proposal that will hopefully go forward in the coming months. We were pretty disappointed that, two weeks before we were due to start on site, [Fulham owner Shahid] Khan decided he wasn’t going to proceed."

Fulham are still hoping to redevelop the Riverside Stand, but the owners are making sure that the new design fully utilises the revenue streams that hospitality and the kiosks provide to the club and hope to continue with the development as soon as possible.

Source Ryan O'Donovan at GetWestLondon
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