STOKE CITY DELAY EXPANSION OF BRITANNIA STADIUM

Stoke City Football Club has confirmed they will not start work to increase the capacity at the Britannia Stadium in the immediate future.

Potters’ director Richard Smith said: "We've made no secret of the fact that we've been looking into the feasibility of expanding the stadium.

"At the moment, we have no immediate plans to expand the stadium but we are giving it due consideration."

The Britannia Stadium has a capacity of 28,384 and was opened in 1997.

Following the club’s promotion to the Premier League in 2008, the total capacity has been reduced to 27,598 due to segregation rules.

Stoke also announced the development of the club's training ground is on schedule and should be complete by the start of the season in August.

Smith added: "We're progressing well since we had the cold winter weather earlier in the year," he said. "It's mainly the finishing inside the building that needs to be done.

"We plan to have an official opening later on in the year."

Posted on 02/06/2010