Date: 27th January 2017 at 2:57pm
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Work will get underway at the bet365 Stadium next week to see the capacity at Stoke increased to over 30,000.

This work – which would involve improved provisions for disabled fans – is expected to be concluded in time for the start of next season.

Stoke’s present big screen will be removed – this will take place after the meeting with Everton next Wednesday – with two new LED screens installed.

Managing director of Stoke City Property Richard Smith was quoted by Sky Sports as saying.

‘The contractors are due on site next Monday and people will soon start to notice that work is underway. Removing the big screen will be one of the first things to happen to release the area of the south east corner within the stadium for groundworks.’


‘In parallel, work will start on a new retaining wall outside the ground intended to release space behind the South East corner which will also permit the diversion of the perimeter track. Following completion of the new wall, work will really start in earnest on the new stand.’

Accessible Stadia Guide recommendation had been issued to all Premier League clubs with Stoke making positive moves for this improvement. This Sky Sports report added more disabled bays are being put in as well as improvements to mid-terrace bays.

One player that could be at Stoke next season hoping to push on for a place in Mark Hughes’ first team is Joel Taylor. However, in the meantime he’ll look for his first team football at Rochdale having agreed a loan with the League 1 side.

Taylor hasn’t made an appearance for Stoke yet – he’s played for the U23 side in the Football League Trophy though – with the 20 year old left sided player spending the remainder of the season with Rochdale.

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