BLACKPOOL TO BEGIN WORK ON EAST STAND

Newly promoted Blackpool look set to begin construction on a new East Stand at Bloomfield Road.

The Seasiders are keen to cash in on their new Premier League status by boosting their current capacity of 12,555.

The club already have planning permission for 16,000-seater stadium but look unlikely to complete any redevelopment before the start of the season in less than three months.

Blackpool chairman, Karl Oyston, said "We'd like to build a permanent stand and have it completed by the end of the season.

"I've already had meetings with builders, architects and developers, but I don't think it's feasible to get a stand built before the start of the season.

"It's going to be a very challenging building project to implement in a living-working stadium. We will have a permanent/temporary mix, but building work will begin as soon as is realistically possible.”

Blackpool clinched promotion to the lucrative big time after beating Cardiff City at Wembley in the Championship play-off on Sunday.

Top league status means Blackpool will have to upgrade existing stadium facilities to meet strict guidelines set up by the Premier League.

Bloomfield Road will need to update medical and media facilities ahead of the new season.

The club were given the go ahead to revamp the stadium by Blackpool Council in 2001 but at present there is only a temporary stand on the east side of the ground.

Posted on 25/05/2010