The second phase of the Stadium MK development will be completed by the start of next season, MK Dons have confirmed.
The work, which will increase the ground’s capacity from 22,000 to 32,000, is being funded by a new £56m retail development on the site.
Stadium MK has remained a work in progress since it was opened in 2007.
The average attendance this season is 8,111 – with thehighest crowd of 10,554 – against Scunthorpe in October – over 21,000 seats short of the ground’s proposed capacity.
Northampton Saints have played Heineken Cup games in front of crowds of 21,309 and 18,231 against Ulster and Perpignan respectively.
- The ground hosted its first game in July 2007 – a friendly between MK Dons and Chelsea XI
- It was officially opened by the Queen four months later
- In the same month the stadium attracted a crowd of over 20,000 for an England U21s Euro qualifier
- In May 2008 Saracens played the first rugby union match at the ground, beating Bristol 25-20
- Northampton Saints attracted a record attendance of 21,309 against Ulster last season
- The ground was included in England’s failed bid to host the 2018 World Cup
The retail park, which will be called MK1, will include spaces for four major retailers, with Primark, Marks and Spencer, and River Island tipped to be amongst them.