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Football club finish stadium deal
Britannia Stadium
It will still be known as the Britannia Stadium
Stoke City Football Club have finalised a deal to take full ownership of the Britannia Stadium.

It has announced the completion of a 6m deal to buy shares in the stadium owned by the city council and Stoke-on-Trent Regeneration.

The club has paid 4.5m to the council, which contributed 3.1m a decade ago, for its shares.

Chairman Peter Coates told the club's official website the deal can be a "catalyst" for improvements to be made.

He said they will look "at a string of measures" to improve facilities further at the 10-year-old stadium.

It will continue to be known as the Britannia Stadium and guarantees will be put in place to secure its future as a football stadium.



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