MK Dons chairman Pete Winkelman has vowed to increase the capacity of stadium:mk to 32,000 within two years.

The announcement comes despite the disappointment of England`s unsuccessful bid for the FIFA 2018 World Cup.

Winkelman told MK Dons Player: "We're totally fixated on finishing the stadium because, when we finish it, it's a fantastic stadium and people are going to know that.

"The big thing for me now is that I don't have to take the roof off which, while possible, would have been quite dramatic and it's certainly easier not touching it!"

Stadium:mk has a current capacity of 22,000 but Winkelman is keen to improve the infrastructure of the venue such as roads, car parks and creating new retail units.

"For me personally I want to get the arena open, so we've got our own challenges over the next eighteen-months-to-two-years and, if we can keep achieving that, we will keep growing our reputation and our ability to take part in events that are important to the nation," he added.

The last time England hosted a World Cup 44 years ago, Milton Keynes was without professional football but the club hope to press on with stadium development that will rival top sporting venues in Europe.

Last summer's internationals between Ghana and Latvia and Nigeria and Columbia has seemed to whet the appetite of the Don’s chairman.

"We've met loads of people, been part of a national bid for the biggest competition in the world and we've learnt things about sports cities from London, from Manchester and from Sheffield which we're going to try to put together in terms of policy here.

"So there will be a legacy that comes out of this bid in Milton Keynes in terms of the way we present ourselves to the world and we want to keep doing that."

Posted on 06/12/2010