SWINDON TO INVEST £20M IN COUNTY GROUND REDEVELOPMENT

Swindon Town Football Club has announced a £20 million redevelopment of their home ground.

The plan could see the County Ground gain a new roof, similar to that of Bolton Wanderers’ Reebok Stadium, as well as increased capacity.

Nigel Bennett, a spokesman for the Swindon Town Supporters’ Club, said: "I think long-term fans have been looking forward to potential ground improvements for many years now and any move in that direction can be regarded as a positive from the fans’ perspective.

"As a fan and supporter we see a number of developments in other areas which has given those areas a real boost in terms of look and feel and one hopes Swindon and the community will embrace any potential development in this way.

The Robins currently play their home matches in front of a capacity 15,768 fans and hope they can increase this to 25,000.

Andrew Fitton, Swindon Town chairman, believes work on the development could start as early as May and said: "The next few weeks are going to be key. It’s an important site in Swindon so there is a lot that needs to be discussed.

"It will be bigger than the existing stadium. It’s designed for the Championship, we think that Swindon can sustain a Championship football team. In our time here we have seen crowds rise by 20 to 25 per cent. The big rise would come if we were in the Championship. We would plan for the future, plan for extra capacity."

Posted on 04/10/2010