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Warrington Wolves to expand Halliwell Jones Stadium

Halliwell Jones Stadium
The south east and north east corners will be filled in at the Halliwell Jones

Warrington Wolves have announced plans to extend their Halliwell Jones Stadium by 2,000 seats for the 2012 season.

The development will be the first expansion since the stadium opened in 2003 and is expected to cost £2m taking the capacity from 13,000 to 15,000.

It is hoped it will help in a bid to host 2013 Rugby League World Cup games.

As well as being home to the Wolves the ground hosted Liverpool Football Club's reserve team between 2007 and 2009 and Uefa Women's Euro 2005 games.

Warrington Wolves chief executive Andy Gatcliffe told BBC Radio Merseyside: "It does sound surprising when you hear investment being made in the economic climate.

"We've decided to fill in two corners on either side of the east stand and it will be underway by the summer and completed for next season.

"The demand is there on the back of the back-to-back wins in the Challenge Cup and we've sold out hospitality boxes and now we've got a waiting list.

"Going from a 13,000 to a 15,000 capacity is a significant increase and now the Rugby League World Cup in 2013 in being hosted in England and Wales and we believe we are a predominant stadium to host some games."

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