Aston Villa could change the name of their stadium.
Aston Villa supporters have taken to Twitter to comment on the rumours of a potential name change to their stadium Villa Park with many suggesting it could be a good move for the club.
According to a report in the Birmingham Mail, Villa’s owners are to consider a stadium rebrand in 2019 as they look at further ways to generate income for the west Midlands club.
Villa have played at Villa Park since 1897, and they have never had a sponsorship partner. However, with football ever-changing and the competition growing, Villa can’t afford to pass up potentially lucrative sponsorship deals.
Taking to Twitter, many supporters suggest Villa Park will always be the stadium’s name, and that any sponsorship deal can only be a good thing as the club seeks a return to the Premier League.
No problem whatsoever. It will always be Villa Park.— Gary Swain (@gazswain) November 9, 2018
Makes no odds. Will always be Villa Park regardless of whatever name it's given. If it brings in extra revenue then all good.— Barters (@Barters28) November 9, 2018
If it generates money who cares, it will always be Villa Park to the fans— Wayne Stevenson (@Wayne851054) November 9, 2018
It will no doubt happen, but to every villa fan it'll be villa park, no matter what.— Daniel O'Sullivan (@danosulli44) November 9, 2018
It will always be Villa Park to me! If it brings in extra revenue so be it.#villapark— angela worley (@villa4ever29) November 9, 2018
I think if it generates extra income then I'm all for it. Times have changed. It will always be Villa Park to me though.— Rick (@Rick_avfc1) November 9, 2018
Any move to financially support the club i will welcome.We need to increase revenue and this is one option to do so... #avfc— Sean O'Grady (@villafanalways) November 9, 2018
Fine with it. Will be Villa park to Villa fans, if it means more income then so be it.— Harley (@PJ_Harley) November 9, 2018
Take the money. We will all call it Villa Park anyway— Tom Brennan (@TomTombrennan4) November 9, 2018
Villa are currently in their third season after dropping out of the Premier League, and last summer they were for a while under serious financial trouble after missing out on promotion last season.
Fortunately for Villa, former owner Tony Xia, who is still part of the set-up at Villa Park, managed to find new investors and the club were saved from a potential mass exodus of leading players.
With the Villans having already rebranded their Bodymoor Heath training ground - bringing in a total of £4 million according to the Birmingham Mail – looking at options on the stadium could give them a further cash windfall.
On the pitch, Villa are currently midtable and find themselves behind the likes of Derby County, Nottingham Forest, West Bromwich Albion and Middlesbrough all of whom have the financial power to compete at the top.