AN extra 1,500 fans are now able to enjoy sporting action on match days at Wrexham’s Racecourse ground thanks to the completion of major improvements.
Capacity at the stadium, owned by Glyndwr University, is now more than 10,000 for the first time in five years.
Following a significant investment by the university to improve safety and facilities over the last 12 months the maximum number of supporters allowed on a match day is now 10,771, an increase on the maximum of 9,250 in 2012.
The news was revealed as a new safety certificate was issued for the stadium, where Wrexham FC and the North Wales Crusaders play home games.
Improvements carried out include installing TVs in the concourses of all stands and working with Wrexham FC to provide a new club shop.
Toni Slater, public protection services manager for Wrexham Council, said: “Glyndwr University has undertaken a huge amount of work to bring the stadium up-to-date and we’re very pleased with the work which has been carried out.”
As a designated sports ground, Glyndwr University Racecourse Stadium is required to have a general safety certificate which specifies the type of spectator events the ground can be used for.
It sets the maximum safe capacity and contains terms and conditions required for the safety of spectators.
Jo Smith, safety, health and environmental manager at Glyndwr University, said: “Glyndwr University is committed to providing the best possible matchday experience for spectators and this certificate provides reassurance that their safety is our number one priority.”
Earlier this year the university proposed a new £150,000 pitch for the stadium. A complete overhaul would cost up to £750,000, so the university and Football Association of Wales began exploring available funding streams in a bid to renovate the pitch in time for the start of the 2014-15 season.
The university bought the stadium as a community asset in August, 2011, securing its future as a sports venue.