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Luton Town may spend £10m on renovating Kenilworth Road if they secure Premier League promotion

Luton Town may spend £10 million on renovating their home stadium if they gain promotion to the Premier League this season, according to The Times

Rob Edwards’ side defeated Sunderland 3-2 on aggregate last week in the Championship play-off semi-final. 

Sunderland won the first leg 2-1, but the Hatters made a strong comeback at home to register a 2-0 success and book their place at Wembley Stadium.

They will now face Coventry City with a place in the Premier League next season on the line.

Promotion to the top flight would represent significant progress for the Bedfordshire outfit who were playing in League Two in 2018. 

The club plans to spend £10m on renovating Kenilworth Road if they win promotion. However, they will not be upgrading their dilapidated away entrance on Oak Road. 

Luton will have 14 weeks to use some of the £100 million television income they would receive to make changes to the ground so it complies with Premier League standards. 

They would have to install better floodlights to provide quality images for broadcasters, fifty camera positions, a video assistant referee (VAR) facility and rebuild the old Bobbers Stand.

Luton chief executive Gary Sweet says the club will be ready for life in the Premier League if they go up and hit back at critics of the entrance to their away end.

“We have to practically rebuild a stand,” he said. “It will be a tough task, but we would have gone from non-league to Premier League in a short time, so we can manage the small matter of a stand.

“It annoys me and makes me giggle when social media highlights the away entrance. It has been like that since before World War II.

“Why is it raised now? Just because we are going to the Premier League? There is not a great entrance here. It is what we have here.

“Embrace it. People take the mickey, but it doesn’t bother us – we have thick skin. It shows a little bit of fear.”

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