Bristol City Football Club in the UK has unveiled plans to redevelop Ashton Gate stadium at an expected cost of £40m.
Upon completion, the new multipurpose stadium would be used by Bristol City FC and Bristol Rugby.
Bristol Sport, which oversees the two sports clubs, will manage the construction.
Ashton Gate would be redeveloped in stages over three years to incorporate new stands where the existing Wedlock and Williams stands are currently located.
After completion, the seating capacity of the stadium will be increased to more than 26,000 seats from the current 21,497 seats.
Plans also include renovation works to the Dolman Stand, space for a club shop and museum of sport, as well a large Wedlock’s Pub area incorporated into the site. Work would also be carried out to the interior of the Atyeo Stand.
Bristol City FC board member Jon Lansdown said Ashton Gate has been the club’s home for over 100 years and the plans would improve the facilities ready for the next 100 years.
"The stadium would be designed with supporters in mind; there would be full engagement and consultation to ensure we represent the history and heritage of the club as fans would like," Lansdown said.
The club aims to submit a formal planning application to Bristol City Council in June or July 2013.
Bristol Mayor George Ferguson has already backed the redevelopment plans.
Bristol City Football Club said Sainsbury’s has planning permission to move from their existing site on Winterstoke Road to Ashton Gate, in the event the club moves to a new stadium at Ashton Vale.
Image: Upon completion, the seating capacity of Ashton Gate stadium will be increased to more than 26,000 seats. Photo: Bristol City Football Club.