League Two club Harrogate Town has announced the mid-season conversion of one of the stands at the EnviroVent Stadium, as part of ongoing efforts to bring the venue up to English Football League (EFL) standards.
As part of the wider stadium development plans, Town said work will soon begin on converting the Black Sheep Brewery stand into an all-seated stand with the aim of being completed in time for the game against Stockport County on February 11.
Existing season ticket holders in the Black Sheep Stand will have the option of either remaining where they are with an allocated seat at no additional cost, or a move into the AON or Barclays LED stands.
Town said: “Though we appreciate that changes such as this are not ideal during the season, it is simply not possible to complete all development plans required during the closed season. As well as bringing us closer to meeting the EFL regulation of a 2,000 seated stadium, this development will enable us to meet the high demand for seats which we cannot accommodate currently.”
In May, Town announced plans to invest £3.5m (€3.96m/$4.31m) to improve its infrastructure, with work to include a new seated stand. Town finished the 2021-22 season 19th in League Two, while it currently sits 21st in the table. This season is the club’s third in the EFL after promotion from the National League in 2020.
With a capacity of 5,000, only 1,000 of which is seated, the EnviroVent Stadium is the smallest in League Two and the £3.5m investment is designed to meet the board’s ambition to create a sustainable and thriving club.
Town was forced to start the 2020-21 season at Doncaster Rovers’ Eco-Power Stadium while a new pitch was installed at the EnviroVent Stadium. The stadium previously featured a synthetic pitch, which is against EFL rules.