English League 1 football club Scunthorpe United has put forward plans to build a new stadium as it seeks to boost matchday experience for fans and create new commercial space to enhance its financial viability.

The club intends to build the new venue on the site of its current Glanford Park home and should the plans be approved, Scunthorpe would be the first team to develop and play in three purpose-built stadia.

Glanford Park, which opened in 1988, will be demolished and rebuilt stand-by-stand over the next few seasons to allow Scunthorpe to continue to play home matches during the project.

Its 11,000-capacity replacement will feature new restaurant and leisure facilities as well as up to 100,000sq ft of commercial space. In addition, new cantilever style stands will offer unrestricted views of the pitch and will include improved seating.

The project also includes residential apartments on the Glanford Park site, subject to planning permission.

Scunthorpe chairman Peter Swann said: “I am delighted to announce that we have submitted our exciting plans for the new stadium.

“Glanford Park is not that old and has served us well, but it’s essential that we develop new income streams to support the future development of the club and to improve facilities for fans and players alike.”

Subject to approval, Scunthorpe could start work on the redevelopment by this autumn, with the East Stand the first that will be constructed.

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