English National League club Harrogate Town FC is kicking off construction work on a new family stand.
The existing stand of 350 seats will be replaced with the new structure providing a total of 880 seats, all under cover, taking the stadium capacity to just over 5,000.
There will be a concourse with a food outlet and bar area as well as male and female toilet blocks in the new stand at the CNG Stadium.
Harrogate Town is continuing to add weight to its aspiration to gain promotion to the English Football League (EFL) by developing its stadium further to future proof meeting EFL criteria required by the end of March in the first season following promotion to EFL2.
Club chairman Irving Weaver said:
Apart from meeting future EFL criteria the new stand will provide significantly more seating so that we can accommodate more families and supporters that would prefer to sit than stand to watch their football. We are focused on continuing to improve the match day experience for supporters.
The new development represents a substantive investment and the project is being delivered by firms local to the region, Evora Construction, Harrogate Steel, ç and Structsure Engineers.
First team manager Simon Weaver added:
Hopefully it shows supporters and everyone in Harrogate that whilst we are striving to achieve promotion, we are continuing to improve our stadium, receiving EFL approval for ground capacity. We already have a great atmosphere on match days and the new family stand will allow more families to enjoy watching exciting football in a comfortable, safe environment.
Image courtesy of Bowman Riley Architects.