German 2.Bundesliga football club FC Union Berlin has unveiled plans to expand the capacity of its An der Alten Försterei home stadium.

The venue will grow from its current 22,012 capacity to almost 37,000, with the standing capacity increasing by 10,300 to hold close to 28,700 fans.

The architecture of the existing stadium will remain during the reconstruction, with the three standing pitches in the lower ring to remain intact.

The expansion project is estimated to take two years and will begin construction in the spring of 2019. Completion will arrive just in time for the centenary of the opening of the stadium in the summer of 2020.

“It was important to us that this historic location for our club is growing with the requirements of the future and remains characteristic and unique: a tight standing stadium that makes our football heart beat faster,” said club president Dirk Zingler.

The construction of a new club house is planned to begin in the spring of 2018, with hopes for the building to be complete by summer 2019.

According to the current planning level, the construction costs for the entire project amount to around €38m (£33m/$42m).

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