Stoke & Staffordshire

Stoke City FC bid for more seats at Britannia Stadium

Britannia Stadium
Image caption The club said the move was motivated by consistently large crowds in Premier League games

Stoke City Football Club has announced plans to increase capacity at its Britannia Stadium to 30,000.

The club said it intended to add seating for about 3,000 extra people in the the south east corner of the ground.

The space is currently occupied by the stadium's large video screen.

Chief executive Tony Scholes said the decision to apply for planning permission was driven by consistently high crowd numbers.

He said: "We have always said that we would be open to the possibility of expanding the stadium should we continue to remain in the Premier League and have the supporter base to fill it on a consistent basis.

"The atmosphere generated by our sell-out crowds since promotion to the Premier League has undoubtedly played a huge part in the club's continued success and we have to be mindful of the fact that any expansion could have an effect on that."

The club is also currently undertaking a £6m development of its Clayton Wood training ground.

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