Work is getting underway this week at Premier League Stoke City FC’s bet365 Stadium to increase capacity to over 30,000.
The Club is to ‘fill in’ the south east corner of the stadium which will add 1,800 seats to the capacity – the first major building project at the home of the Potters since it was constructed in 1997.
The Club has appointed South Wales-based contractors Andrew Scott Ltd to carry out the redevelopment work which is currently planned to be completed in time for the start of the 2017/18 season.
As part of the multi-million pound project, the Club is also installing two state-of-the-art LED big screens and making further provision for disabled supporters.
One of the first jobs for the contractors will be the removal of the existing big screen, which will be operational for the final time when City play host to Everton on Wednesday.
Richard Smith, managing director of Stoke City Property, said:
Removing the big screen will be one of the first things to happen to release the area of the south east corner within the stadium for groundworks.
In parallel, work will start on a new retaining wall outside the ground intended to release space behind the south east corner which will also permit the diversion of the perimeter track. Following completion of the new wall, work will really start in earnest on the new stand.
As well as work on the corner, the Club is also installing additional disabled bays to comply with the Accessible Stadia Guide recommendations, as well as improving current mid-terrace disabled bays which will be fitted with riser platforms and wheelchair lifts.
A high-level wheelchair platform will also be installed in the north east corner above Delilah’s Bar, while almost 17,000 seats will be replaced.
The new LED screens will be situated in the south east and north west corners, both of which will be run from a media control centre that is to be built as part of the redevelopment work.
Andrew Scott have considerable experience of working on sports stadiums having been involved in numerous projects in football, rugby and cricket.
They have an excellent reputation and recently celebrated 145 years in construction. We are looking forward to working with them over the coming months.
Supporters visiting the stadium should soon begin to notice the building work but we are confident that the match-day experience for fans will not be disrupted in any way whilst the redevelopment project is underway.