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Rangers exploring Ibrox expansion

Scottish Premiership football club Rangers is “looking at” the possibility of expanding Ibrox Stadium’s capacity to 55,000.

The Glasgow venue is looking at the possibility of adding 5,000 seats to its current capacity of 50,817 without needing to add new tiers onto any of the stands.

The club said in a statement it hopes to bring in new revenue and help to accommodate Rangers’ growing waiting list of season ticket hopefuls.

Managing director Stewart Robertson said, according to the Daily Record: “It’s something we’re looking at just now. We won’t see anything as grand as another tier built on top of one of the existing stands.

“However, we are exploring ways we can add additional seating into the stadium. I don’t see it being another 10,000, it would maybe be low thousands.

“There are feasibility works going on at this moment and we’re probably two or three months away from knowing whether it will be possible or not.”

However, Robertson stressed the club will only act if it makes sense financially.

“Ultimately, if the financial model doesn’t work and we don’t get payback on it then you could question why we would do it as it’s money that could be used elsewhere,” Robertson said.

“However, we’re keen to explore it and see if it’s possible because the demand from fans has been phenomenal, absolutely incredible.

Last month, Rangers broke its own season ticket sales record with more than 45,757 tickets sold by the end of June, breaking last year’s record of 45,419 season passes.

The club has a season card waiting list of close to 14,000 for the 2019-20 season.

During the 2018-19 season, Rangers saw an average attendance of 49,564 at Ibrox Stadium.

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