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Robins excited by stadium plans

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Robins unveil new-look stadium plans

A video of what Bristol City Football Club's new 30m stadium could look like has been released.

The Ashton Gate-based club wants to build the new stadium complex at Ashton Vale, which is close to the Championship team's current home.

It could accommodate 30,000 fans but would be expanded to house 40,000 if the FA bid to host the 2018 World Cup in the UK came to fruition.

Chairman Steve Lansdown hopes the city will give its support to the project.

The club has already bought 42 acres of land, behind the David Lloyd sports centre. If plans are approved the stadium could be completed by 2012.

Being a host city would mean four or five matches played at the stadium, and a possible quarter-final. "This is a once in a lifetime opportunity
Chief executive Colin Sexstone

Following the move the existing Ashton Gate site could be sold off for housing.

Club chairman Steve Lansdown says the project needs to go ahead.

"Bristol City has been a central part of this community since its formation in 1897, and we've been at Ashton Gate since 1904.

"We're playing at a high level in the Championship and striving for a place in the Premiership.

"We also have ambitions to bring the World Cup to the city [in 2018] and this would bring massive public relations benefits [for Bristol].

Lansdown outlines stadium plans

Chief executive Colin Sexstone said: "Being a host city would mean four or five matches played at the stadium, and a possible quarter-final.

"This is a once in a lifetime opportunity," he added.

Plans for the stadium are on display at Ashton Gate on Thursday and Friday and at Long Ashton village hall on Saturday.

Improved transport links and a 1,000 space car park are also included in the plans which are expected to be submitted later this year.

It is also hoped the venue could host music events.



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