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Last Updated: Monday, 5 December 2005, 17:45 GMT
MK Dons fix stadium launch date
By John Sinnott

National Hockey Stadium
The Dons' first game in Milton Keynes was in September 2003
MK Dons will play in their new stadium for the first time in January 2007.

The Dons, whose new home will be a new 42m, 30,000-capacity stadium, are currently playing in front of 4,000 crowds at the National Hockey Stadium.

Dons boss Danny Wilson told BBC Sport: "We think the stadium might be ready in October but we are going to delay the move until January.

"That date will provide a celebration for the town as it coincides with 40 years of Milton Keynes' development."

Wilson added: "It's a new dawn for everybody at the club with our own stadium and our own identity.

"The new stadium will be absolutely fantastic. It's taking shape and it looks brilliant.

"We've cherrypicked the best parts of other new stadiums that have been built. The chairman Pete Winkelman has done an absolutely brilliant job."

The Dons, in their former incarnation as Wimbledon, played their first game in Milton Keynes at the National Hockey Stadium in September 2003.

They had previously played at Crystal Palace's Selhurst Park ground in south London - and changed their name to Milton Keynes Dons in June 2004.

The Dons' new stadium is located in the Denbigh area of Milton Keynes.


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