Relief for Glory crowds as new stand opens at nib Stadium

Perth Glory's crowd cap at the under-construction nib Stadium will lift to more than 11,100 from this weekend, with work now complete on the ground's new southern stand.

The previous 9500-strong cap - a result of the $95 million redevelopment of the stadium - had attracted the ire of Glory owner Tony Sage, who had to move the club's A-League opener against Brisbane to Patersons Stadium in Subiaco.

But the government on Wednesday announced the completion of the southern stand ahead of schedule would allow an extra 1679 fans in for Sunday's clash with the Western Sydney Wanderers and their marquee star Emile Heskey.

"Perth Glory is delighted with the new [southern stand]," Perth Glory chief executive Paul Kelly said.

"The increased capacity now allows those fans who could not attend previous games the chance to see Perth Glory live."

The first stage of the redevelopment is due to be completed in March. Eventually nib Stadium, which is also the home of rugby union's Western Force, will be able to take 20,500 spectators.

The story Relief for Glory crowds as new stand opens at nib Stadium first appeared on WA Today.

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