Okay, clearly the cost isn’t a hit to be incurred by the winning party – quite the opposite, in fact – but “Ten things that amount to the same as the sum of money (£120m) lavished upon the winners of the play-off final” didn’t have the same ring to it.
Crystal Palace will be in next season’s Premier League at the expense of Watford, erstwhile Hornet Kevin Phillips having dispatched of his former club’s promotion hopes with the bosh of an extra time penalty kick, and the question surely now on everyone’s lips is: what could the Eagles buy or bankroll in the world of current affairs (aka “the world”)? In other words, what else can one hundred and twenty million of the Queen’s pounds get you these days?
Here are ten recent examples of things that match the monetary value placed on gaining promotion to the Premier League (click on the things in question to read more about them)…
A children’s hospital in Cambridge, currently unpaid for (hint hint, Palace).
An overhaul of London landmark Southbank comprising of a 28,000m² overhaul and extension, featuring a glazed ‘liner’ building and a semi-transparent, box-like sky pavilion.
A Scottish Government shared equity scheme to help house buyers.
A major shopping development in Middlesbrough with the aim of creating shopping units, a supermarket and improved transport and pedestrian links to the town centre.
A four-year Planned Maintenance programme for the refurbishment of housing association L&Q’s homes in London and the South East.
A health scheme at Cambridge University’s biomedical campus, bringing together under one roof a post-graduate medical education centre, a 75-bed private hospital, a 200-room hotel and a 550-seat conference centre.
A two-thousand-bed student accommodation complex that will serve Newcastle University and the University of Northumbria.
Big Lottery Fund initiatives to improve the lives of vulnerable older people in England.
The Côte Brasserie chain of French restaurants backed by business tycoon Richard Caring.
Do you know of anything else that costs the same as promotion to the Premier League, at least in a manner of speaking? Have your say in the comments section below and we’ll send you a cuddly toy*.
*We won’t send you a cuddly toy.