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Lincoln City planning stadium expansion

English League One football club Lincoln City has submitted expansion documents for LNER Stadium, stating that long-term plans to potentially leave, or substantially redevelop, its home since 1895 have yet to be finalised.

The Lincolnshire Live website reports that plans entered to Lincoln City Council detail that the club is seeking to add around 1,500 seats to the Stacey-West Stand. This would take the stand’s capacity to 3,400 seats and the stadium’s capacity to around 11,650.

Lincoln City was promoted to League One for the 2019-20 season and is said to be seeking to capitalise on high demand for tickets. The club’s proposal states: “In the longer term, plans to relocate or undertake substantial development at the current site have yet to be finalised.

“Specifically, redevelopment will be focused upon the stadium’s north stand, the Stacey-West Stand. The current stand accommodates 1,944 spectators and plans will look to increase this to 3,400 in order to open the facility up to a larger fan base.”

Lincoln City said it was also open to adapting the stand for safe standing, potentially allowing for a further increase in capacity. The club added: “If rail seats are used, which would allow for ‘safe standing’, the capacity would be higher still in a standing format.

“This would not change the all-seater stadium principle but would add the type of flexibility seen in many modern day stadia.”

The expansion news comes after Lincoln City last month agreed a three-year sponsorship deal with London North Eastern Railway (LNER), marking the first naming rights partner for Sincil Bank stadium.

Image: Lincoln City FC