Birmingham City Football Club is planning a £20 million redevelopment of St Andrew’s stadium to push capacity to over 45,000.

The ambitious plans would see the 104-year-old ground add 15,000 extra seats and a new hotel - but the club has stated it depends on an increase in supporter attendances.

Club owner Carson Yeung has made it a long-term objective to improve the club’s infrastructure by redeveloping the Garrison Lane Stand, and having canvassed fans, the Hong Kong-based businessman is now contemplating increasing the St Andrew's capacity from 30,000 to 45,000.

Acting chairman Peter Pannu, said: "That’s why I call upon our fans to actively participate in making this dream a reality.

"Maybe come and fill the stadium and roar their support. There’s no point in building a 46,000-capacity stadium if we’re not going to fill it."

The Blues are also in talks with Birmingham City Council about the possibility of building a 55,000-60,000-capacity City of Birmingham Stadium, a concept first put forward in 2005.

"The alternative would be the building of a new stadium. I think it would be foolhardy to think about this," Pannu added.

"How we retain fans now and bring in new fans obviously depends upon the performance of the team - and quite often how they perform depends on the support they get, the noise they hear from the attending fans. So you can see the circular argument."

Posted on 15/10/2010