England: Lincoln City urgently need more capacity
source: LincolnshireLive.co.uk; author: michał
They've just sealed promotion to the third league. Ticket demand was already at 90% occupancy at the 10,000+ Sincil Bank Stadium. The Imps now consider how it could be expanded before next season.
With 84 points and 10-point advantage, Lincoln City sit atop League Two table and are looking forward League One in 2019/20. While the names are one and two, we're talking about third and fourth tiers of English football. Not that you didn't know it, but we continue to be impressed that England is a country where 10,000 capacity might not be enough for third league.
Sincil Bank offers exactly 10,127 seats and already this season it welcomed sell-out crowds on occasions, with regular occupancy in excess of 90%, according to club chief executive Liam Scully. As the club is seeing rapid growth and sporting success, the 124-year stadium needs to grow by the end of the summer.
Several options are still being considered, no final decision made as of today. Semi-permanent steel stands could be added and/or seats in some sections might be removed to make way for more crowded terracing.
Relocation in the long run?
The Imps aren't commenting on it, but the city would like to see them move from Sincil Bank to a new stadium not far away. Lincoln is expanding to the south west and there's enough room for a football ground along 3,200 planned homes.
The new district would be complete around 2036 and so far the stadium doesn't have a detailed plan of financial vehicle that would see it delivered. The intention is to base Lincoln's future home on New York Stadium in Rotherham, offering some 12,000 seats with modern amenities. The city has this week released first image of how the stadium might look, still preliminary.