Newly-promoted French Ligue 1 football team FC Metz has announced that its Stade Saint-Symphorien home ground is to undergo extensive renovation work.

Metz finished first in Ligue 2 during the 2018-19 season to secure an immediate return to the top tier of French football and the club has now begun work on a revamp for its 25,600-seat home ground. The work will increase the stadium’s capacity to 30,000.

Demolition work commenced yesterday (Monday) on the stadium’s south stand and it is hoped this renovation will be completed by August 2020. The southeast and southwest corners of the stadium will also be filled in by August 2021, with a pedestrian square to be created at the back of the south stand as part of the plans.

Additionally, the stadium’s sound and light system will be completely renovated as part of the new plans. The club had originally just planned on building a new south stand but revealed details of the more wide-ranging project yesterday. The project will have a budget of approximately €60m (£52.9m/$67.1m).

The new south stand will seat around 8,000 fans compared to the 3,500 it currently holds.

The Stade Saint-Symphorien has been the home of Metz since it opened in 1923.

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