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Volume 6 No. 234
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League Championship Side Sheffield United Proposing New Stand At Bramall Lane

League Championship side Sheffield United's Bramall Lane is "set for a major makeover, if planners give consent to ambitious plans which make the ground ready for Premier League matches," according to the YORKSHIRE POST. With the club "riding high" in the Championship, it has lodged detailed plans with Sheffield City Council for the ground's South Stand. The proposals seek to add more than 5,400 seats, new executive boxes and a media center. The Cherry Street car park area -- which has 310 spaces -- "will be replaced by spaces spread between ground and basement level car parks." The club -- known as the Blades -- previously secured an extended outline planning consent for the stand. The club, which uses the stadium for many non-footballing events, is seeking approval for a new second tier with an additional 5,400 seats with an associated concourse and food/drink kiosks. In addition to this, 250 car parking spaces over two levels, improved facilities for the disabled, new executive facilities, a multi-purpose function room, an exhibition space and a new ticket office are all proposed. The architects for the scheme are Sheffield City Region-based Whittam Cox Architects. CEO Ashley Turner said, "Bramall Lane is a significant landmark within the city. We are presenting proposals where high-quality and strong development plans are paramount." The club and the architects consulted with officers from the local authority in developing the proposals (YORKSHIRE POST, 12/7).