English Premiership rugby union club the Newcastle Falcons has submitted its planning application to Newcastle City Council to expand its Kingston Park stadium.
If plans are approved, the club will add a further 1,500 seats to its 10,200-capacity home ground.
The new seats would be added to Kingston Park’s north stand and would result in the stadium’s overall capacity increasing to 11,730. A new hospitality suite would also form part of the plans, along with a dedicated players’ facility, all-weather pitch, new floodlights and community changing facilities.
Currently an uncovered terrace with no bars or toilets, the north stand would become a state-of-the-art 1,530-capacity covered standing accommodation, as well as hosting new fitness and medical facilities, meeting rooms and hospitality space.
In addition, the plans reveal that the east stand would include a new fanzone and service area with additional parking facilities.
Kingston Park has continuously sold out over the past few seasons on match days, with a prior planning report stating: “Attendance at Newcastle Falcons games has been steadily increasing and the proposed development will ensure the stadium facilities will accommodate supporters.”