The Amex Stadium (pictured), home of English Championship football club Brighton and Hove Albion, is set to undergo a £5m (€5.9m/$6.5m) renovation project over the summer to prepare for Premier League football.
The club sits at the top of the second-tier Championship, having recently secured promotion into the top flight of English football for the 2017-18 season.
Improvements to the stadium will include the installation of a new LED lighting system, along with a new TV gantry, and a TV studio and hospitality area in the south-east corner.
Additionally, six interview areas will now be provided for UK and global broadcasters, while the post-match press conference area will also be upgraded.
Players and managers will benefit from upgraded lounges for their families and guests, while fans can look forward to a new match-day restaurant in the East Stand.
Brighton’s executive director, Martin Perry, said: “It’s something we’ve been planning for a long time, and the plans have evolved in the past four or five years, as each year the requirements change, but we are thrilled that thanks to Chris [Hughton] (Brighton’s manager) and the players’ achievements we can finally put the plans into action.
“It’s also yet another huge financial outlay, and on behalf of all Albion fans I would like to add my thanks to Tony [Bloom], (club chairman) – without him none of this would have been possible. I’m absolutely delighted for him and his family, as this means so much to them.”
Meanwhile, Premier League club Crystal Palace’s plans to redevelop its home ground, Selhurst Park, are being held up by the local Sainsbury’s supermarket’s high prices to buy the extra land.
The club’s 26,000-capacity stadium could increase to around 32,000 if plans to extend the main stand move forward. Eventually, Crystal Palace will look to increase Selhurst Park to 40,000 seats. Negotiations between the supermarket and the club are ongoing.
A Sainsbury’s spokesman told the Daily Mail newspaper: “We know the club want to expand and have been discussing a number of options with them, so they can further develop their plans.”