English Championship football club Sheffield Wednesday announced it is going to increase its Hillsborough home ground capacity for the derby game against Sheffield United.

Last season, under advice of the Safety Advisory Group, Wednesday reduced its stadium capacity to 33,800, but the club has this week been permitted to make more than a thousand more seats available, bringing its total to 34,854.

The 128th Steel City derby is set to kick off on Sunday lunchtime.

A club spokesman told the Sheffield Star newspaper: “Working in tandem with Sheffield City Council and the Safety Advisory Group, we are pleased to say that the capacity Hillsborough has significantly increased.

“The club has taken on board the requests to all parties that sit on the SAG and together we have facilitated the necessary improvements around the ground.

“Consequently, capacity has increased from 33,854 to 34,835 and there will be further progress on the Kop and North Stand moving forward. We are hopeful of regaining our full capacity in time and we will work hand in hand with the respective authorities to achieve this.”

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