Norwich City’s Premier League return could set a new home record

Norwich City will be hoping to host a record-breaking crowd when Premier League football returns to Carrow Road on Sunday.

The Canaries haven’t kicked a top-flight ball in anger in front of their own fans since May 7, 2005 – and excitement for the return to the big league is at fever pitch among the yellow army.

The biggest crowd since the stadium became all-seater in 1992 is 26,532 for the league match against old rivals Ipswich last November, although the club record stands at 43,984 for the FA Cup game against Leicester City in 1963.

A year ago 1,000 new seats were installed to take capacity to just over 27,000 and this summer club officials have somehow managed to squeeze in even more – taking the capacity up even further. The match is, for all intents and purposes, a sell-out, although there are places available in hospitality suites.

Stoke have been allocated 1,400 tickets and by the time their ticket offices closed at 1pm yesterday they had sold approximately 1,000 to a support that also had the expense of a trip into Europe last night. Additional seats have been installed in the upper tier of the Norwich & Peterborough Stand, while a new row of seats has been installed at the front of the Barclay Stand lower tier, with small pockets of seats added in other parts of the stadium.

City have relocated about 30 supporters in the Jarrold Stand because they are obliged to provide extra commentary positions.

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2010-11: 26,532 v Ipswich (25,386 average)

2009-10: 25,506 v Hartlepool (24,755 average)

2008-09: 25,487 v Watford (24,542 average)

2007-08: 24,527 v QPR (25,497 average)

2006-07: 25,476 v Ipswich (24,527 average)

2005-06: 25,402 v Ipswich (24,833 average)