Northampton Town's extra Sixfields seats made 'no business sense'

Artist impression of East Stand at Northampton Town's Sixfields Stadium Image copyright Northampton Town
Image caption New images of the redeveloped Sixfields stadium including this picture of the East Stand have been released

Northampton Town says it has chosen to cut ground capacity in order to put in more corporate boxes, saying its earlier plans made "no business sense".

Work to improve the Cobblers' Sixfields stadium began in March, with seating due to increase from 7,653 to 10,000.

But it will now only have 8,500 seats.

Chairman David Cardoza said there was no point putting in more seats "if the club wasn't able to generate the income to deliver a team capable of filling them".

"This initial redevelopment is about improving the club's infrastructure and giving the club solid, sustainable income streams, both on matchday and non-matchdays," he said.

"We have plans where we can increase the capacity again if and when we are as successful, as we all hope we will be.

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Image caption The West Stand is also due to be redeveloped at the stadium

"The club has never before, in its 117-year history, had such facilities or such opportunities to generate income and we will carry out further development work if we progress up the Football League."

The League Two side currently has an average attendance of 4,000 people at its games.

The increased seating is due to be ready for the start of next season.

New artist impressions of the redeveloped East and West stands have been released by the club. When complete the ground will have a new hotel, conference centre, club shop, changing rooms, offices, floodlights and media facilities.

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