Premier League side Stoke City have been given the go-ahead to expand their stadium to accommodate an increased number of supporters.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council have approved the club's application to add 1,750 extra seats in the south east corner of the Britannia Stadium, their home since 1997, which will increase the capacity of the ground to more than 30,000.

The project will also see the stadium's scoreboard move to the north west corner of the ground, which will be where a new two-storey television studio will be erected.

The Potters have also agreed to fork out a lump sum of £22,000, as well as £5,000 per year, to help resolve the traffic problems which the expansion may cause.

The leaders of the local community have  praised the club for their work in addresses matchday traffic issues.

Councillor Tom Reynolds said: "The traffic problems are not insignificant but I commend the club for working with highways officers to look at ways of resolving some issues."

Posted on 06/02/2013