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Design & Development

Barrow details stadium expansion plans  

Featured image credit: Barrow AFC

English League Two football club Barrow has revealed plans to increase the capacity at the SO Legal Stadium as part of a renovation project that will take place over the summer.

The away end capacity will be increased to just under 1,000 fans through the installation of 522 new covered seats in the northeast corner of the stadium. Barrow will also fit 371 covered seats on the West Terrace for the use of home supporters.

The additional seating will be installed in time for the 2023-24 season. Barrow has appointed GL Events and HBP Ltd as contractors for the project, with Gadsden Consulting and Tape Design Ltd to provide support.

From next season, SO Legal Stadium’s Steelworks End will be in use again after 196 seats are installed over the summer. The improvements will include elevated wheelchair bays.

The current capacity of SO Legal Stadium, also known as Holker Street, is 5,449. The expansion will keep the stadium compliant with English Football League regulations, which state that clubs must have 2,000 covered seats by their third season in the EFL. The stadium only has 1,130 seats at present and next season will mark Barrow’s third consecutive season in League Two after promotion in 2020.

Law firm SO Legal acquired naming rights to Holker Street last summer. The company provides specialist legal services and recently opened its first office in the North West with an Ulverston branch to serve clients across the Furness Peninsula, the Lake District and the surrounding area.

Barrow finished the 2022-23 season in ninth place.