Lincoln City have been granted planning permission by the City of Lincoln Council, to expand the capacity of the Stacey West Stand to 3,400. Currently, the capacity of this stand is 1,944 and this is normally split between home and away supporters.
Rather than building an entirely new stand, the existing stand will be extended upwards and backward and will include new concourse areas for both home and away fans. The Club have also mentioned that depending on what division they are in, that they may include rail seating, making a safe standing area, for the extension as shown below. The only disappointment is the presence of a fair number of supporting pillars across the front of the stand. The Club are now looking for a construction partner to undertake the project. However, the Club have muted that the scheme will only go-ahead if the costs are not prohibitive.
The Proposed Expanded Stand
The image above is courtesy of Lincoln City FC.
With Lincoln City being promoted twice in three years, rising from the National League to League One, average attendances have almost doubled in that period, rising to over 9,000 last season. With the capacity of Sincil Bank currently at 10,300, then you can see why the Club wants to expand. If the planning application is approved and the works are completed then overall capacity will rise to 11,756.
The Club have previously mused about possibly finding a site to build a new stadium and this is still a possibility, but probably not in the near future. The planning application also mentions that the Stacey West Stand will be extended, rather than being replaced by a totally new stand.
The Existing Stacey West Stand