The club wants to build a new stadium on greenbelt land at Ashton Vale (left)
Bristol City Football Club first announced plans for a new stadium in November 2007, hoping it could host World Cup matches.
Almost three years on, the stadium plan hangs in the balance because of a town green application made by people who live nearby.
They say the proposed site of the new ground is valuable community land.
Plans for a supermarket to be built on the club's current ground, which would part-finance a new stadium, have also been blighted with problems.
Tesco initially wanted to build a store at Ashton Gate but pulled out, then an application for a Sainsbury's supermarket was rejected.
Bristol's World Cup bid has been shortlisted but the costs of related activities have cost the council more than £700,000.
The council says the tournament would bring jobs and extra visitors to the city.
Here, we look back on the history of the bid for a new stadium and Bristol's attempt to bring World Cup games here.
announces plans to move to a purpose-built stadium
which could host World Cup 2018 matches. They want planning permission in place for 2009 and to be able to relocate to the stadium in 2011/12.
is the proposed site for Bristol City's new stadium
with the club saying it wants to sell Ashton Gate for housing.
Exhibitions are mounted at
Ashton Gate and Long Ashton and the public
is invited to have their say on a potential new stadium.
Bristol City Council is informed that a town green application is to be made by a group of Ashton Vale residents.
Plans for the
club's new Ashton Vale stadium
go on show.
Bristol City chairman Steve Lansdown
sells shares in his firm,
Hargreaves Lansdown, to help backroll the bid for a new stadium at Ashton Vale.
Bristol confirms it will
bid to become a World Cup host
city, saying it wanted the proposed Ashton Vale stadium to be the centrepiece of the attempt.
Plans for the
new stadium at Ashton Vale
are submitted to Bristol City Council. The club says it will cost £65m and will accommodate 30,000 fans.
A delegation from the Football Association
travels to Bristol to assess the council-backed plans
to host World Cup matches which hinge on Ashton Vale going ahead.
A delegation from
Bristol visits twin city Hannover
, which hosted games during the 2006 and 1974 World Cups.
Meanwhile, club chairman Steve Lansdown says he is
not worried by a rival West Country bid for World Cup matches
from Plymouth. He says it will mean Bristol City Council will have to put enough resources in to win.
plans for a Tesco supermarket at Ashton Gate,
including traders from Bedminster, meet.
An application for town green status at Ashton Vale is submitted by residents who are opposed to the stadium plan.
recommend stadium plans at Ashton Vale are approved
- later that month the
city council backs
pulls out of plans to build a supermarket
at Ashton Gate but
Sainsbury's - who already have a store nearby
- step into the breach.
Avon Wildlife Trust
strongly criticises plans for a stadium at Ashton Vale
saying bats, otters, wading birds and water voles would all be at risk.
Plans for an
arena at Ashton Vale come to light
with rival firms vying to build the venue alongside the proposed Ashton Vale stadium.
Bristol City Council is told that
hosting World Cup matches
could bring a £250m boost to the local economy as Bristol
makes the case
for matches from the 2018 tournament.
Bristol wins through to the
shortlist of cities which could host World Cup matches
in 2018 - if England win the games.
Meanwhile, Bristol City's
chief executive claims a meeting at North Somerset Council is "clearly biased"
as plans for an access road are blocked.
plans for Ashton Gate are revealed
. The club needs to sell the old ground to fund its move to a purpose-built stadium at nearby Ashton Vale.
decides not to "call in" Bristol City's plans
for a stadium at Ashton Vale.
North Somerset Council
give the go-ahead to an access road
to the stadium.
An inquiry into whether
Ashton Vale should be granted town green status
opens at Council House on College Green.
Bristol City Council
announces it will host a big screen at Queen Square
- at a reported cost of £80,000 - in a bid to get some practice running fan parks should the city stage games in the 2018 World Cup.
trouble at the opening game
- England v USA - leads to later games being ticketed and a ban on alcoholic drinks.
Plans for a
Sainsbury's supermarket at Ashton Gate
are vetoed by the city council at a four-hour meeting.
Fans of Bristol City
march to show their anger at the council's decision
to turn down plans for the store which would have part-financed the move to Ashton Vale.
Bristol City Council says it is ready to sign a "statement of intent"
for an arena at Ashton Vale.
The cost of the
World Cup 2010 in Queen Square big screen is revealed as £270,000
- some three times over budget.
A planning inquiry
recommends that Ashton Vale be declared a town green
with the final decision resting with Bristol City Council.
The club's chairman, Steve Lansdown,
makes a passionate appeal
to fans to help save the stadium plan.
Revised plans for a
Sainsbury's supermarket at Ashton Gate are revealed
after the original plans were turned down two months before.
Correction 12 November 2010: This story has been amended since it was first published to accurately reflect the timing of the town green application.