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Chris Morton heralds new Belle Vue Aces era


Belle Vue Aces managing director Chris Morton has said the opening of the national speedway stadium next year will herald a new era for the club.

The Elite League club will move 100m down the road from Kirkmanshulme Lane to the new £6m stadium.

Morton told BBC Radio Manchester: "It's planned to be the start of a new era.

"Belle Vue speedway has a great history. It's been kept alive by being at Kirkmanshulme Lane but it's time for it to move into a new era."

Plans for the new arena, which will double as both the home of Belle Vue and British speedway, were approved by Manchester City Council in March as part of a wider bid to create a 'global destination' for sport in the east Manchester area.

In addition to the speedway stadium, a sports village will be built, including facilities for taekwondo, basketball and football for use by the local community.

The capacity of the new stadium is set to be around 6,000, which could rise to 18,000 for World Cup events with the addition of temporary seating.

And Morton believes it is one of the most significant developments to happen in the sport for years.

"Speedway has not had a national stadium, so that is a great thing," said Morton. "We've talked this through with the British Speedway Promoters' Assocation who've agreed that we can have that name, which is really important to this project."

Morton is also hopeful that having the home of British speedway in Manchester could prove advantageous to Belle Vue by helping attract young talent to take up the sport.

"We'll have a centre of excellence based at the national speedway stadium, so it gives a chance for young British talent to come through, and it's something that we're short of at the moment," he added.

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