There will be 1,000 free parking spaces made available for sports fans when both Sixfields and Franklin’s Gardens are staging matches at the same time this season.
Over the summer, Northampton Borough Council has been meeting with Northampton Town, Northampton Saints and Northamptonshire County Council, to discuss match day parking and traffic issues when matches are taking place on the same day at the two stadiums.
And the council has now announced the claret car park, in Edgar Mobbs Way, will be open on selected match days for Cobblers, Saints and Coventry City fans, and additional measures will be in place to minimise traffic disruption for residents.
Northamptonshire County Council is planning a traffic flow scheme for match days and will take enforcement action to stop inconsiderate parking in residential areas.
Northampton Borough Council leader, Councillor David Mackintosh (Con, Rectory Farm), said: “We are committed to helping our sports teams with their ambitions on and off the pitch.
“This year will see even more games played at Sixfields, so we have brought everyone together to tackle the problems of match day traffic and parking.
“Opening up an additional 1,000 spaces at the claret car park and taking action against inconsiderate parking in residential areas will mean we can all focus on enjoying another exciting season for both clubs.”
Northampton Town chairman David Cardoza said: “The increased number of people the two stadiums attract in to Northampton is great news for the economy.
“However, we recognise that without proper planning, inconsiderate parking can cause problems for residents, so we are pleased to support these strategies and work with the council on plans that should ease parking and traffic congestion.”