Chairman Lyall Gorman says there is a 50-50 chance of new seats being added before the season starts.
Western Sydney Wanderers are facing a race against time to increase the capacity of the Parramatta Stadium after a recent spike in membership sales.
Current figures are close to hitting a reluctantly imposed cap, mooted to be around 15,000 or 16,000, that will see the cessation of tickets being sold, although that could change should 4,000 extra seats be added.
The Wanderers have sold 14,285 full-price season tickets ahead of the new A-League season and are holding daily summits with venue and government officials to work out a plan with just two months left before the big kick-off.
Parramatta Eels, who also use the stadium as their home venue, play their last match on August 20 and aren’t expected to reach the National Rugby League finals leaving the club with ample time to fit the seats, but chairman Lyall Gorman isn’t leaving anything to chance and admits he will explore different avenues.
“It’s a remarkable opportunity but it’s not without its challenges,” Gorman said to Fox Sports on Wednesday.
“There are multiple questions to answer. Is a DA required? What kind of seating do we go for. How temporary?
“In the Bundesliga in Germany, they’ve had great success with standing active areas, where the seats fold up and effectively become rails. So that’s one area to explore.
“But however it’s done, it has to be the right long-term solution, pending any substantial upgrade of the stadium.”