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Oyston's East Stand Premier promise

BLACKPOOL FC chief Karl Oyston today pledged work will start on a new East Stand – if Blackpool win at Wembley in nine days time.

The Seasiders are now just one game away from the Premier League and a potential cash windfall of 90m.

As tickets for the Wembley play-off final against Cardiff went on sale at 9am today and excited fans will have been further boosted by the pledge of completing Bloomfield Road's revamp.

Oyston said: "If we were lucky enough – and I'm not tempting fate – to go up, we have the ability to build straight away."

Mr Oyston (pictured) added: "We've got planning consent for a 16,000-capacity stadium so therefore, with not much tinkering, I can get on with building that and take capacity up to that mark.

"We are ready to build. We've always been ready as and when."

The East Stand would complete Oyston's transformation of the stadium.

The north and west stands were completed in 2002, while the Jimmy Armfield south stand opened earlier this year.

Ticket fever began today with more than 37,000 fans desperate to book their place at the big game a week on Saturday.

And Oyston has outlined just what is at stake after Pool booked their place at Wembley with Tuesday's sensational 6-4 aggregate win over Nottingham Forest.

The chairman said: "It will absolutely change the club forever if we go up. It can't fail to.

"The prize is massive, absolutely massive."

FOR A FULL INTERVIEW WITH KARL OYSTON SEE THURSDAY'S GAZETTE.

 
 
 

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