Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club plan to increase the capacity of their brand new 22,500-seater home.

The Seagulls hope to expand capacity by a further 8,000 seats at the end of the season. Club chief executive Martin Perry announced the plan while speaking at a fans forum on BBC Sussex.

"We're hoping we will be in a position to put in a planning application at the end of this year," he said. "All being well, if we get permission we would hopefully commence work on that in the close season at the end of this campaign."

"There is space in the East Stand to put in another tier and we can fill in the corners," he added. "Because of the demand we want to move as fast as we possibly can because we want to increase the capacity. But it does depend on making sure all the travel arrangements we have put in place do work.”

The American Express Community Stadium, which has taken two and a half years to build, will be officially opened on Saturday when the Brighton take on Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur in a pre-season friendly.

Posted on 28/07/2011