STADIUM chiefs have drawn up plans to expand the town's foremost sporting venue.
An enlarged shop, a new ticket office and a new reception area are among the proposals for the award-winning Alfred McAlpine Stadium.
The £½m scheme also provides 5,000sq ft of first-floor office space to let to businesses.
Stadium officials have tabled a planning application with Kirklees Council.
If the proposal is approved, the stadium will embark on a six-month building programme.
It is hoped to complete the project by May, 2005, at the latest.
The cost has been privately underwritten and will not involve council taxpayers' money.
The move comes as the stadium marks its 10th anniversary this summer - and officials prepare to announce the name of a new stadium sponsor.
The new two-storey extension will be built at the front of the Lawrence Batley stand beneath the existing conference centre.
At ground level, the work will mean building a new reception, doubling the size of the stadium store and creating a single ticket office to handle all ticket sales for both Huddersfield Town and Huddersfield Giants as well as stadium events such as concerts.
The first floor will also be extended outwards to provide offices to let to businesses.
The existing main staircase will be retained.
Stadium chief executive Ralph Rimmer said the work would mean some disruption to stadium users.
But he said the plans represented the next stage of growth for the stadium after a successful first 10 years.
"The stadium has developed a regional and national reputation," said Mr Rimmer.
"It has two successful sports clubs and has hosted concerts, conferences, community events and international sporting fixtures.
"It has become part of the fabric of Huddersfield and West Yorkshire.
"This development represents the start of another 10 years of growth to ensure the stadium remains viable whatever the fortunes of Town and the Giants."