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Stadium planned for sports ground

King George sports fields
The scheme would cost 2.5m

The redevelopment of a Douglas sports ground could make it "a national stadium for the Isle of Man", a council leader has said.

Douglas Borough Council leader David Christian said investment in the King George V Bowl "is long overdue".

Mr Christian said a scheme to upgrade the venue for both concerts, shows and sports events would be likely to cost about 2.5m.

The council is submitting a report to the government to seek support.

Mr Christian said: "Major investment in The Bowl is long overdue.

"We're now looking at how best to progress a complete upgrade of the site in time for the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games, not just the pitch but spectator facilities as well."

He said it could include "big screens and a covered section with around 2,500 folding seats, swelling total capacity to about 8000".

The council hopes to retain ownership of the site, but find a sponsor for funding.

"We would also hope to partner with organisations such as the Isle of Man Football Association and the Isle of Man Sports Council, and also with the private sector so that, together, we can create a national stadium for the Isle of Man," Mr Christian said.

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