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MetiNews.Com - CEO Stephen Bettis says the club has planning permission to improve two sides of the ground
Breaking News ! Sheffield United CEO Stephen Bettis says there are '100 per cent plans' to increase the capacity at Bramall Lane to 40,000 as he revealed the intention to develop both the Kop and the South Stand. The Blades chief says they already have planning permission to expand two sides of the ground that, when complete, will add a combined total of 8,000 more seats. He was speaking at a virtual fans' forum yesterday to mark owner Prince Abdullah's first year in charge as sole owner, where he provided an update on plans to increase capacity. He said: "We have been fortunate enough to have full capacity at most of our games last season and that shows what great support we have. "There are 100 per cent plans for us to increase our capacity of the stadium. "We already have planning permission for the South Stand and the Kop to extend both stands. "We are just over 32,000 capacity, but we would be in excess of 40,000 with much better improved facilities and better commercial elements. "It's well known that we did lose a few seats due to the huge media requirements and we would like to get those seats back, so we can get more people in and make the atmosphere even better." After six months without fans being allowed inside the stadium, there is still no confirmation of when supporters can return. It was first thought that October would be a realistic date to work towards, but a recent increase in COVID-19 cases has put that date in doubt. And Bettis says because of that, the club does not feel it is right to start charging fans for tickets when they cannot be certain of what games they will be able to attend. Sign up to our Sheffield United newsletter for latest transfer updates Why you should sign up? It's going to be a busy couple of months for Sheffield United as they prepare for a second season in the Premier League and Yorkshire Live will bring you the very latest. By signing up to our Blades newsletter, you will receive a once-daily email, with the latest transfer news, interviews and opinion on the club. How do you sign up? It's easy and takes seconds.
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He said: "It's an ever-changing target. "We know some clubs have sold season tickets and taken money from supporters, we were very conscious and very mindful to not be taking money from our supporters when we couldn't guarantee that they would be getting a return in being able to sit in their seats and watch the games. "All the chief executives in the Premier League meet regularly, but until we know people can come back and watch games we are not going to start taking money from them. "When that time comes we will communicate that as much as possible in advance." If, as expected, stadiums will be open at reduced capacity, the problem of who gets priority for the tickets is something the club has already thought about. "It's a sensitive one and I understand that," Bettis said. "But we've given this a lot of thought. There's a lot of discussion going on in the league and we are not sure if this is a league decision or a club decision.
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"If we get to the point where the stadium opens and it's not full capacity, which is highly likely, we want to ensure that our loyal season ticket holders are rewarded for their years of loyalty and that they are given every opportunity to come back and watch the games. "We have been in talks with our ticketing provider and they have already set up an option where all season ticket holders go into a lottery and they are randomly picked for each game and we can also look at creating bubbles for families. "We are trying to make it as reasonable and fair as possible to ensure as many supporters and season ticket holders get in to watch as many games as we can."
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