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Bantams ponder Bulls groundshare

The official name for the Odsal Stadium is the Grattan Stadium

Bradford City have revealed they are looking into a possible groundshare with rugby league side Bradford Bulls at a new site based at Odsal.

Bradford City Council is expected to announce next month whether plans for the 50m complex will go ahead.

The Bantams have been invited to consider leaving their current home, Valley Parade, which costs the club 1.2m a year to rent and maintain.

"It would be naive not to investigate it," said joint-chairman Mark Lawn.

"It is my impression that a decision will be made over whether the scheme gets the go-ahead in the next couple of weeks and that the signs are encouraging.


"Our possible involvement would be in the long term obviously and we have not even had any projected figures from the council.

"But it is something we have to look at - not least because of the huge overheads involved with running Valley Parade."

The new complex will also include facilities for cricket, athletics and cycling and it has been reported that Bradford Council are hopeful it will be finished in time for the 2012 Olympics.

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16 May 08 |  South west
Groundshare hitch hits Cheltenham
03 Jun 08 |  Cheltenham
SPL groundshare plans 'shelved'
03 Mar 08 |  Scottish Premier

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