The redevelopment of Sixfield Stadium will now include improvements to the West Stand, Northampton Town chairman David Cardoza has confirmed.
The multi-million pound scheme originally only included improvements to the East Stand, but the plans have been changed to include the West Stand as well. The original proposal outlined the increase in seating capacity to 10,000. As reported last week, this has been reduced to about 9,000 to allow for an increase in hospitality boxes.
The redevelopment, which includes a hotel and conference centre, is being funded by a £12 million loan from Northampton Borough Council.
Writing in the latest matchday programme, Mr Cardoza said he sought to clarify the situation in what he described as a fast-moving project.
“There seems to be some confusion over the stadium redevelopment plans so here’s a very brief overview,” he said.
“I always wanted to see the West Stand developed but was told by previous developers that it would be too expensive to do. They were wrong.
“We have now come up with a scheme where we can not only rebuild the East Stand but also significantly enhance the West as well. The trade off is to have less additional seats in the East Stand than originally anticipated, capacity can be increased again very easily in the North and South Stands if and when required. As part of this summer’s redevelopment, the entire stadium will have new seats with additional kiosks and bars. The Conference Centre will be connected to the West Stand and the hotel, rather than the East Stand without the hotel; this makes the front of the stadium more impressive looking and means conference centre users will be able to park directly next to the conference centre rather than having to walk some distance to it. The hotel being right there is a benefit as well.
“The upshot is nothing has fundamentally changed apart from removing a few rows of seats from the East Stand so we can spend that saving on additional facilities in the West Stand and bolting on the Conference Centre to the West rather than the East Stand. We have a five-year business plan agreed with Northampton Borough Council which we need to adhere to and they are happy with these changes.”