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Hillsborough revamp gets go-ahead

Computer-generated image of stadium

Sheffield Wednesday football club's £22m plan to redevelop Hillsborough has been approved.

The revamp will increase the ground's capacity from 39,000 to 45,000 as well as give the Kop and West stands new roofs and extend the North stand.

The club said it hoped the new-look Hillsborough would help it meet the FA's criteria to be a potential host venue in England's World Cup 2018 bid.

Work is expected to be completed by the end of 2013.

Sheffield Wednesday said improving the "matchday experience" for its supporters was at the heart of the redevelopment.

Raising revenue

Other plans include an extension of the North Stand to create an education facility and 17 new executive boxes.

Sheffield Wednesday chairman Lee Stafford said: "It is great news that our plans for the future of this great stadium have been granted full planning permission.

"Sheffield City Council has recognised the strong community aspects of our design and we are looking forward to making an iconic home for our team, our supporters and our community fit for the 21st Century.

"All fans would agree that Hillsborough is in need of investment and our next task is to secure funding for the various aspects of our proposals."

Funding is expected to come from increased club revenue and government grants.


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