Cardiff City’s plans to expand its Leckwith home moved a step closer last night after the club submitted a formal planning application to the council.
In June the club unveiled plans to expand the Cardiff City Stadium to an eventual capacity of 38,000.
And yesterday it announced it has lodged a formal application with the local authority to add a second tier to the club’s Ninian Stand.
The first phase of the development will increase the capacity of the stadium to from 26,828 to approximately 33,000.
Bluebirds director Steve Borley said the plans were honouring the club’s billionaire Malaysian owner Vincent Tan commitment to see the capacity grow in line with his ambitions.
“The application follows a feasibility study carried out by the club earlier in the summer following City’s confirmed promotion to the Barclays Premier League, also giving fans an initial look at the concept in June,” he said.
“If approved in a September planning meeting, work on the development of the Ninian Stand will begin in early October 2013 with planned completion set for July 2014, ready for Cardiff City Stadium to host the UEFA European Super Cup between the winners of this seasons UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.”
Initial work will see no immediate effect to supporters within the stadium. The development will see the structure developed behind the current stand, with plans for the roof to be removed in stages. There will be no loss of seating during the phase one development process.
Mr Borley added: “This news adds further excitement for everyone currently involved with the football club and this further investment demonstrates once again fantastic commitment from Tan Sri Vincent Tan.”
The next phase of the development will then see up to 3,000 seats added to both the Canton and Grange ends of the ground respectively – bringing the overall capacity up to around 38,000.
The plans have been drawn up with global consulting engineers Arup and will have to go past councillors for approval.
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