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Stoke plan ground expansion

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Stoke City have announced that they are considering expanding the Britannia Stadium.

The club are looking to provide more seats in the south east corner of the ground and to bring their capacity up from 27,743 to 30,000.

Planning permission is being sought to fill in the area between the Seddon Stand and the Marston's Pedigree Stand, which currently accommodates a giant video screen.

With their supporter base continuing to grow, Stoke recognise the opportunity to develop while costs in the construction industry are comparatively low.

Commenting on the decision, chief executive Tony Scholes said on the club's official website: "The decision to apply for planning permission to expand the Britannia Stadium comes after careful consideration for a number of years.

"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.

"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.

"Home support levels are continuing to hold up very well as we enjoy our fifth season in the league and this was highlighted no more so than at our last home game with Queens Park Rangers."

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