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Aberdeen plan new out-of-town stadium

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Aberdeen160519Aberdeen Football Club Chairman Stewart Milne has revealed plans for a new stadium and training facility at Kingsford, on the city’s outskirts.

Announcing the proposals, Mr Milne commented: “Kingsford offers an opportunity to locate both the stadium and the training facilities within a single site and it is in an ideal location for supporters travelling from all areas in and around Aberdeen.

“Crucially, we have full control of the site via a concluded missive with the landowner. Extensive site diligence has already been carried out at Kingsford to establish the feasibility of the land area and also the requirements for the planning process.”

Aberdeen FC and Aberdeen City Council both see a new stadium and training facilities as a vital part of the region’s infrastructure, and there is a strong desire by the club to deliver these new facilities as soon as possible.

In terms of the timescale, Mr Milne said the proposed new facilities, which are absolutely essential to the future success of Aberdeen Football Club, will be completed in time for season 2019-20.

Aberdeen FC manager Derek McInnes believes the new facilities will take the Club to a hitherto unprecedented level.

“This is fantastic news for everyone connected to Aberdeen Football Club. I’ve said from the day I arrived here that the one most important aspect where the club needs to drive forward is in terms of its training facilities, so the fact the new stadium is potentially going to be at the same location as these is an added bonus.”

Mr Milne added: “There will be a twelve week period of public consultation, after which initial planning for the training facilities will be applied for, with the outcome expected later this year.”

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