BAGGIES TO INCREASE CAPACITY AT THE HAWTHORNS

West Bromwich Albion Football Club has revealed plans to increase the capacity of their stadium over the next three years.

The clubs plans to increase the Hawthorns 26,484 capacity, which has been home to Albion for the last 111 years, by installing an additional 3,500 seats. Albion chairman Jeremy Peace has confirmed the works will go ahead regardless of whether the Baggies retain their Barclays Premier League status.

"As of today we are now overseeing major works at the stadium, which will see the levelling of the pitch and the introduction of a Desso surface. Our medium-to-long term plans include the extension of The Hawthorns to around a 30,000-seat capacity within the next three years - regardless of divisional status," he said.

"Despite the apparent financial insanity of such a move, we believe this is the right thing to do as we endeavour to move the club forward. We must proactively encourage the next generation of supporters to come to The Hawthorns."

Construction is expected to be completed before the start of the 2014/15 campaign.

Posted on 16/05/2011