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Union Berlin FC to expand stadium capacity

German football team Union Berlin have revealed plans to increase the capacity of their Alten Försterei stadium to 37,000 by 2020.

The work will cost around €38 million and will increase capacity from 22,000 currently.

Reconstruction work is due to begin in 2019 and will leave the ground with a standing capacity of 28,700.

The number of seats in the stadium will be increased to more than 8,000, meeting German Football League requirements for top division football. Union Berlin currently play in the second division.

The reconstruction will keep the stadium, built in 1920, true to its existing style, with the three standing areas in the lower tier remaining in place. An upper tier will be built to accommodate more fans. Club president Dirk Zingler said:

It was important to us that this historic location for our club grows with the requirements of the future and keeps its character and uniqueness – a compact standing stadium that makes our football heart beat faster.

A new clubhouse will be ready by the spring of 2018, where a fan zone, food and beverage concessions and offices will be located.

Image courtesy of Union Berlin

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