St. Mary's Expansion planned.
By Christian Kelly
Updated Wednesday, 8th May 2002
Saints will try to capitalise on this season's bumper crowds. With everyone standing, Rupe thinks he can get another 32 000 into the seats.Southampton chairman Rupert Lowe has revealed plans for the club to expand the capacity of St. Mary's Stadium.
The ground is about to complete its first season as Southampton's home and the turnout has far exceeded expectations. While some felt that the capacity should be maintained to see if there was a novelty factor involved in the increased support, the club are obviously keen to give as many as possible the chance to see their side. Not forgetting the financial advantages also.
While there is the option of adding an extra 12 000 or so to the capacity, the club are going to adjust the present structure to maximise seating. Lowe said: "We're going to tinker around with the unallocated areas in the ground. Doing that should give us a few extras seats in those places and there are one or two other things that we can do to increase the capacity.
"We only moved to St. Mary's last summer but we've had a fantastic response from the fans who have really taken to the new stadium."