An extra 1,500 fans are now able to absorb sporting action on match days at the Glyndŵr University Racecourse Stadium thanks to the completion of major upgrades to the ground.
Capacity at the stadium is now above 10,000 for the first time in five years.
The maximum number of supporters allowed on a match day, 10771, has shot up from 9250 in 2012 following a investment described as ‘significant’ by the university to improve safety and facilities over the last 12 months.
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 in the last 12 months 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 “Glyndŵr 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, Glyndŵr 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 Glyndŵr University, said “Glyndŵr University is committed to providing the best possible match day experience for spectators and this certificate provides reassurance that their safety is our number one priority.”
Earlier this year, Glyndŵr University proposed a new £150,000 pitch for the world famous football stadium.
A complete overhaul would cost up to £750,000, so the University and Welsh FA began exploring available funding streams in a bid to extensively renovate the pitch in time for the beginning of the 2014/15 season.
The university purchased the stadium as a self described ‘community asset’ in August 2011, securing its future as a sports venue.
Back in 2012 we wrote how the entrance to the Racecourse from the Crispin Road side was blighted due to the failure to enforce planning conditions – you can read the report here – and it is sad to say that there has not been much improvement by the flats landlords – ex-reds owners Mr Moss and Mr Roberts.