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Newport to expand home capacity by 9,000 for Man Utd match

Newport County is in the process of constructing a temporary stand for their highly anticipated fourth-round FA Cup clash against Manchester United on Sunday, 28 January (16:30 GMT).

The capacity of Rodney Parade will also be expanded for the League Two game against Welsh rivals Wrexham this Saturday.

Securing a lucrative visit from Manchester United after defeating National League side Eastleigh 3-1 in their third-round replay on Tuesday, Newport has confirmed a capacity increase to 9,000. A statement from the club mentioned that work would commence on a temporary stand behind the North Terrace, adding an additional 1,000 seats for passionate Exiles.

Initially declared a sell-out, the Wrexham game will release extra tickets on Wednesday, specifically for the new stand behind the North Terrace. These tickets will be available for purchase until match day, Saturday, January 20.

Hosting Manchester United in a televised match on BBC One, Newport anticipates a financial gain of around £400,000. This boost coincides with the impending announcement of the takeover by former Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins, pending Football League approval expected before the end of January 2024.

Following the United tie, Newport is set to enjoy a series of large home crowds, as they face nearby rivals Swindon Town in League Two at Rodney Parade. Manager Graham Coughlan expressed excitement about the upcoming fixtures, emphasizing the importance of cherishing and reveling in the sell-out crowds.

Tickets for the Manchester United game will be available for purchase by season ticket holders and Supporters Trust members on Thursday and Friday of the current week, as well as for a limited time after the Wrexham match. The remaining tickets will be open for general sale starting next Monday.

Newport assured fans that a substantial number of tickets will be available even after accommodating season ticket holders and Trust members.