Northampton Town fans can today get a first glimpse of how the redeveloped East Stand at Sixfields Stadium will look.
The new-look stand is set to feature 15 corporate boxes, space for 700 corporate guests, additional seating, new kiosks and a gym.
There will also be a new supporters’ bar, which can be used as an exhibition room during the week.
A planning application was submitted to Northampton Borough Council last week, and is expected to be considered by Guildhall officials before Christmas.
Cobblers chairman David Cardoza said: “It is just really exciting to see all the talk turn into drawings, and we are really looking forward to starting building work.
“I think everyone is absolutely delighted. Everyone realises how much work has gone in to get us to this point.
“We are in the planning process now, and fingers crossed we can get the application through as soon as possible.”
Council leader, Councillor David Mackintosh (Con, Rectory Farm) said: “The expansion of Sixfields Stadium and the development of the area around the ground will help the Cobblers to take full advantage of being located within our Enterprise Zone.
“Increasingly the success of professional sports teams relies on having a strong business plan for their off-the-pitch activities.
“So I am delighted to see these plans coming forward and give our football club the solid foundation needed to build a strong team that can compete every match day.”
The work on Sixfields Stadium is part of a wider scheme to build a hotel, gym and 300 homes on land around the ground.
Cobblers chairman David Cardoza has called the plan “the biggest thing which has ever happened to the club”.
The stadium’s capacity will be increased to 10,000, and work could start as soon as February next year to be completed for the start of the 2014-15 season.
The development has been made possible by a £12 million loan from Northampton Borough Council, which was agreed in July.
A planning application for the hotel is expected next month, and a further application for the homes by Christmas or early January.
The scheme will see the running track currently used by Rugby and Northampton Athletics Club built on.
The club is set to move to a new stadium on the Moulton College campus, although it will be without a home for one season.