Capital One steps in to help Shrewsbury Town increase their stadium capacity ahead of Chelsea tieShrewsbury Town will be roared on by a record crowd in Round 4 of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday 28th October when they take on Jose Mourinho’s star-studded Chelsea team in their biggest League Cup fixture since 1961.
Thanks to financial help from the cup sponsor, the Shropshire club have installed temporary seating for the clash and will break through the 10,000 capacity barrier at the Greenhous Meadow for the first time.
Credit card company Capital One has stepped in to fund the installation of an extra 486 home seats –split evenly across the South East and South West corners of the stadium - to allow more Shrews fans the chance to watch the League 2 side’s tie with the Premier League giants.
The additional seating will also provide Shrewsbury with a cash boost, driven by an increase in ticket sales and match day revenue.
Matt Williams, chief executive of the League 2 club, said: “The tie with Chelsea has really captured the imagination of our fans, wherever you go in the town people are talking about it.
“The demand in tickets has been huge and to be able to accommodate an extra 486 fans is fantastic. We’re hugely grateful to Capital One as this wouldn’t have been possible without its financial support.”
Jason Carr, head of sponsorship at Capital One, said: “As soon as we heard that the club wanted additional seating, we were determined to help.
“This is one of the biggest games in Shrewsbury Town’s recent history and we’re delighted that we can help as many fans as possible be there at the stadium to watch the match live. It should be a night to remember.”