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Stoke City to delay expansion of Britannia Stadium

Stoke City's Britannia Stadium
Stoke City's Britannia Stadium was opened in August 1997

Stoke City have confirmed that they will not begin work to increase the capacity at the Britannia Stadium in the immediate future.

Director Richard Smith told BBC Radio Stoke: "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 was opened in 1997 and has a capacity of 28,384.

However, that number has been reduced to 27,598 since Stoke's promotion to the Premier League in 2008 due to segregation.

Meanwhile, Smith has confirmed that the development of the club's training ground is on schedule and should be complete by the start of the season in August.

"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."



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