The first phase of the Stadium of Light’s face-lift has been completed, with 10,000 seats replaced ahead of the commencement of the new season.
Over 31,000 seats in total are set to be renewed and the first phase of the project has seen the north east and south east corners replaced.
Fans were encouraged to be part of the project to spruce up the home of Sunderland AFC and over 1,000 of them have worked alongside the stadium’s maintenance team to help with the process over the last nine days.
Chairman Stewart Donald joined in on the final day of the first phase of installation and said:
“What a fantastic effort it has been from the supporters. We have had people in their 80s and even someone who travelled from Holland to join us and I can’t thank them enough.
“I would also like to give a big hand to our team of staff, who have worked tirelessly to get the project off the ground and to make sure that everything has been done properly.
“It is great to see the stadium starting to return to its former glory and I’m delighted that our fans have been able to play such an important part in helping us do this.”
The remaining 20,000 seats will be replaced in the coming months.
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A massive thank you to every #SAFC who has helped renovate our stadium over the last week, your dedication emphasises just how special our club is.
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— Sunderland AFC ??? (@SunderlandAFC) July 19, 2018