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Last Updated: Tuesday, 28 November 2006, 10:34 GMT
Ayr poised to sell Somerset Park
SFL
Ayr United are poised to sell their Somerset Park stadium and replace it with an 18m, 7,650-seat replacement in the town's Heathfield district.

The Second Division club have secured a 20 acre site in the north of Ayr and concluded a conditional contract to sell their ground to Barratt Homes.

Phase one of the new stadium would provide 3,650 seats in a main stand.

It would also include 29,000 square feet of commercial office accommodation for lease, plus car parking.

Later phases will include a "state-of-the-art" indoor training and multi-sports facility, accompanied by a 1000-capacity covered terracing.

There will also be a 3,000-capacity second stand capable of providing additional commercial and sports facilities.

A further 55,000 square feet of self-contained commercial office accommodation for lease is planned, plus up to 700 car parking spaces.

Ayr say there will be "a major boost to the local economy during construction phases at Heathfield and at Somerset Park".

"The creation of a sports and business campus using a business model will deliver a firm and durable foundation both for the future of Ayr United as a force in Scottish football and for the provision of first-class sports facilities in Ayrshire," it stated.

The new site at Heathfield is located to the south east of the King George V playing fields close to the new Bridgend Autoplex and on the opposite side of Lochside Road from the former RHM Bakery site.

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