Scott Duxbury: 'I'd sooner deliver a structure we can all be proud of than work to an arbitrary deadline'

Scott Duxbury. Picture: Alan Cozzi/Watford FC

Scott Duxbury. Picture: Alan Cozzi/Watford FC

First published in Watford FC News Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy Group Sports Editor

Watford's chief executive Scott Duxbury expects the whole East Stand structure to be in place for the start of next season but isn't concerned if a part opening for the first game of the campaign isn't possible.

Last week we reported how the new stand would almost certainly be opening in sections after decisions to change the design had extended the amount of time needed to complete the building project.

Watford had initially hoped to open part of 'The Watford FC Community Stand' in January this year before full completion this summer.

But the club decided to extend the stand the full length of the pitch, rather than up until the penalty spot at the Vicarage Road end as initially planned, and then enlarge the changing rooms.

The old East Stand section which still remains is currently being demolished and the extension at the Vicarage Road end will be installed during the first week of July.

Watford's website included quotes from Duxbury this morning saying the stand would be finished "as soon as practical".

He continued: "It is therefore anticipated the entire structure will be in place for the start of the new season - although finishing work to enable the stand to be fully open for supporters will continue for several weeks after this.

"We decided some time ago to implement changes to the original design brief to deliver a far more enhanced structure for our needs. These decisions were made with the full knowledge that the final completion date could be put back.

"However I would sooner deliver a structure we can all be proud of than work to an arbitrary deadline that, quite frankly, does not have to be met."

He added: "Clearly the start of the new season is an important date and if we can achieve a part opening of the stand for this then that's great.

"However if this date can not be met because of the new design improvements then this does not concern me. It's precisely for this reason we have not pre-sold or pre-allocated any seats in the new stand.

"I would sooner have the completion date put back a few weeks and deliver a stand for the long-term benefit of the club and, most importantly, our supporters."

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11:54am Wed 25 Jun 14

Vet_kills_puppy says...

"East Stand East Stand give us a wave, East Stand, give us a wave"
Oh...
"East Stand East Stand give us a wave, East Stand, give us a wave" Oh... Vet_kills_puppy
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12:38pm Wed 25 Jun 14

rayman01 says...

Does anyone know if the East Stand will extend as fas as possible towards the Rookery? The photos I have seen still show a blanked off section on the southern end. Or is that for the extended changing room facilties and will be finished later? Luv the Horns!
Does anyone know if the East Stand will extend as fas as possible towards the Rookery? The photos I have seen still show a blanked off section on the southern end. Or is that for the extended changing room facilties and will be finished later? Luv the Horns! rayman01
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1:20pm Wed 25 Jun 14

D.unstable says...

This man talks a lot of sense.
This man talks a lot of sense. D.unstable
  • Score: 24

1:24pm Wed 25 Jun 14

PMJ1966 says...

All seems reasonable to me..................
. but what do I know.
All seems reasonable to me.................. . but what do I know. PMJ1966
  • Score: 10

1:30pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Play-Off Pete says...

Any diagrams / model photos available yet?
Seems sensible to me ... maybe this should have been the design from the start?

Good Man - nice to have him in charge.
Any diagrams / model photos available yet? Seems sensible to me ... maybe this should have been the design from the start? Good Man - nice to have him in charge. Play-Off Pete
  • Score: 11

1:40pm Wed 25 Jun 14

UAFhornet says...

rayman01 wrote:
Does anyone know if the East Stand will extend as fas as possible towards the Rookery? The photos I have seen still show a blanked off section on the southern end. Or is that for the extended changing room facilties and will be finished later? Luv the Horns!
My understanding is that the new stand will go up to where the old stand finished down the Rookery end, so there will be a slight gap..

Here is the webcam progress link..

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[quote][p][bold]rayman01[/bold] wrote: Does anyone know if the East Stand will extend as fas as possible towards the Rookery? The photos I have seen still show a blanked off section on the southern end. Or is that for the extended changing room facilties and will be finished later? Luv the Horns![/p][/quote]My understanding is that the new stand will go up to where the old stand finished down the Rookery end, so there will be a slight gap.. Here is the webcam progress link.. http://iris2.time-la pse-systems.com/watf ord-football-club-ca m UAFhornet
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4:05pm Wed 25 Jun 14

neilhorn says...

Can't see the attendance being much above 14,000 for the first game anyway, so Scott, no rush mate
Can't see the attendance being much above 14,000 for the first game anyway, so Scott, no rush mate neilhorn
  • Score: 0

4:43pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Larrythe Loafer 'Orn says...

"Cant decide which would be the best position to sit, left side, right side or in the middle" said Wayne.

You don't have a seat - we want to win! Ha ha
"Cant decide which would be the best position to sit, left side, right side or in the middle" said Wayne. You don't have a seat - we want to win! Ha ha Larrythe Loafer 'Orn
  • Score: -6

9:34am Thu 26 Jun 14

PeteBogHorrorHornet says...

Anyone else noticed the live feed has been switched off since Midday Wednesday and is now showing a static shot from a couple of months ago...something to hide?
Anyone else noticed the live feed has been switched off since Midday Wednesday and is now showing a static shot from a couple of months ago...something to hide? PeteBogHorrorHornet
  • Score: -1

11:37am Thu 26 Jun 14

PeteBogHorrorHornet says...

PeteBogHorrorHornet wrote:
Anyone else noticed the live feed has been switched off since Midday Wednesday and is now showing a static shot from a couple of months ago...something to hide?
The feed is back - and a great big hole in it!
[quote][p][bold]PeteBogHorrorHornet[/bold] wrote: Anyone else noticed the live feed has been switched off since Midday Wednesday and is now showing a static shot from a couple of months ago...something to hide?[/p][/quote]The feed is back - and a great big hole in it! PeteBogHorrorHornet
  • Score: 1

6:05pm Sat 28 Jun 14

bornyellow says...

They say all good things come to those who wait....
They say all good things come to those who wait.... bornyellow
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