Newcastle United buy back the land behind St James’ Park as they aim to expand the stadium

Newcastle United have reportedly bought back the land directly behind their football stadium.

According to the Daily Mail, the Magpies have purchased the Strawberry Place site which is pivotal for the development of St. James Park.

The stadium’s current seating capacity is 52,300 but the owners are exploring options if they can increase that capacity. And purchasing the land is seen as a major breakthrough in that regard.

However, their immediate plan is to use the plot behind the Gallowgate End as a fan zone.

The Daily Mail report suggests the area may not be needed for expansion if modern technology allows for otherwise.

The Strawberry Place was sold by previous owner Mike Ashley to Helios Real Estate and Marrico for £9 million. But now the plot is back under the ownership of the Tyneside club thanks to the efforts of Mehrdad Ghodoussi who led negotiations for the area and managed to strike a deal.

Newcastle United’s fortunes have seen a huge improvement since the Saudi-led takeover in 2021.

They are now a strong contender for Champions League qualification after an excellent 2022-23 season with many football blogs backing them to finish ahead of traditional heavyweights like Liverpool and Chelsea.

Eddie Howe’s side are currently sitting fourth in the table, collecting 40 points from 21 matches.

The Magpies also have a brilliant opportunity to end their trophy drought as they have made it to the final of the Carabao Cup where they will meet Manchester United later this month.

Their successes on the pitch have greatly helped to increase the supporters’ engagement, with St James sold out for every game this season.