Brighton & Hove Albion is set to increase the capacity of its Amex Stadium this summer.
The Premier League club intends to increase the stadium’s capacity by at least 1,250 extra seats according to the local newspaper, The Argus. That would take the capacity from 30,750 to at least 32,000.
The club, which was promoted to the Premier League for the first time in 2017, currently has around 8,000 people on a waiting list for season tickets at the Amex – which has been its home since 2011.
Brighton’s average attendance this season is 30,376, compared to 30,426 in 2018-19 and 30,405 in 2017-18. In 2016-17, the club’s most recent season outside of the Premier League, Brighton’s average attendance was 25,583.
On the club website in December, Albion’s chief executive and deputy chairman Paul Barber said: “One of the most important things for us is to try and get as many fans as possible into the stadium. We are constantly looking to add seats to various places because we have a waiting list of 8,000 and we want to try and get as many of those people in as we can.
“But it’s not just the stadium capacity that we want to improve, but the fan experience on a matchday as well.
“We have upgraded the wifi because we know how important it is, particularly for young fans. Outside we’re trying to find a way of putting extra toilets in.”
The club has been contacted for comment on the reported capacity increase.
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