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Birmingham chairman cools new stadium talk

Birmingham City Football Club chairman Peter Pannu has said the Barclays Premier League side must improve its attendances before building a new stadium.

The club has considered a move from St Andrew’s as well as renovating its current home since Carson Yeung’s takeover of the club and its holding company, Birmingham International Holdings, has also considered a £20m revamp of the Garrison Lane stand.

But chairman Peter Pannu believes the club must focus on getting more fans through the gates before moving plans forward.

Speaking to the Press Association, Pannu said: "We haven't categorically ruled out moving stadia completely but my prime concern is attendances.

"Our average attendance does not justify building a stadium of 50,000 to 55,000 at this stage.

"We have ample support from the local authorities but, with current attendances, it is just not right to do that sort of investment. In any case, a lot of our fans want to stay put."

Last week Midlands rivals Wolves unveiled £16m redevelopment plans for Molineux which could eventually see the capacity reach 36,000 at Molineux.  

 

Scott Hobro

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