Warrington Wolves Rugby Club has announced plans to expand their stadium to increase capacity by 2,000 for the 2012 season.

The Halliwell Jones Stadium which opened in 2003 currently holds 13,024 but the club is keen to cash in on high attendances by developing the Martin Dawes Stand. It’s expected to cost £2m to bring the stadium capacity to 15,000 which could help make the venue more attractive for hosting future sporting events.

A club spokesman said: "When the stadium was originally built the fans particularly requested that the traditional standing terraces from Wilderspool be incorporated into the new stadium and this will be continued into the new development. The south-east corner will be standing terraces and the north-east corner will be seating with new roofing connecting the East to the North and South."

Wolves hope the expansion will help their bid to host 2013 Rugby League World Cup games. The 14 team tournament will be held in England and Wales in November 2013 but organisers have yet to confirm host stadiums.

The stadium has also hosted Liverpool Football Club's reserve team between 2007 and 2009 and UEFA Women's Euro 2005 matches. The development work is scheduled for the summer of 2011 and be ready in time for the 2012 season.

Posted on 06/03/2011