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[an error occurred while processing this directive] Tuesday, 31 July, 2001, 12:34 GMT 13:34 UK
Deadline day for new stadia
Hearts propose a move away from Tynecastle
Hearts propose a move away from Tynecastle
A number of Scottish clubs have lodged plans with the Scottish Football Association to build new stadia.

Hearts, Hibs, Aberdeen, Kilmarnock, Falkirk and the Dundee clubs have submitted proposals which, if successful, would allow them to play a part in any Scottish bid to host Euro 2008.

Aberdeen announced plans on Monday to move away from Pittodrie to a purpose-built stadium.

Hearts' plans also propose a move away from Tynecastle - a feasability study into the expansion of the stadium showed it would be uneconomic.

A world class football stadium in Edinburgh would enhance the reputation of Hearts, the city and Scottish football
Hearts spokesman
The location for the proposed stadium, part of a multi-purpose complex, is in an area of land between Edinburgh Airport and the Maybury junction to the north of the city bypass.

"This absolutely outlines the ambition we have at this club," a club spokesman added.

"Edinburgh, is ideally placed to host matches should Scotland be successful for Euro 2008.

"A world class football stadium in Edinburgh would enhance the reputation of Hearts, the city and Scottish football."

Dundee Chairman Jimmy Marr
Dundee Chairman Jimmy Marr
Hibernian's proposals involve upgrading their existing stadium.

The Easter Road club have just completed a new stand, taking the existing capacity to under 18,000.

The proposal would include the replacement of the current east stand with a three-tier construction which would increase the capacity of the ground to 30,000, in line with Uefa criteria.

Dundee and Dundee United have joined forces to submit a multi-million pound bid to become a Euro 2008 venue.

Both clubs are prepared to quit their respective homes to share a purpose built stadium which would cost up to 35m to build.

The Dundee bid would involve a 20,000-capacity venue initially, and would only increase to 30,000 for the duration of the 2008 tournament.

Dundee City Council Director of Planning and Transportation, Mike Galloway, said: "Our proposal is based on a truly novel concept for a stadium in Scotland."

We believe that Dundee as a city must be involved, should the SFA achieve its aim of hosting the European Championships in 2008
Jimmy Marr
The plans reflect the fact that neither club have a huge fan base.

Dundee chairman Jimmy Marr said: "This is a convincing proposal that we are putting forward to the SFA."

Tannadice chairman Doug Smith agreed but warned that the new stadium was by no means inevitable.

Smith added: "Much work still requires to be done to ensure that the footballing authorities are satisfied and Dundee United's playing and financial position is protected."

Kilmarnock are proposing to redevelop their current stadium.

Falkirk already have planning permission for a 10,000-seater stadium on the outskirts of the town and propose to temporarily increase the capacity for the duration of the tournament.

Inverness Caledonian Thistle have requested an eight-week extension in order to finalise a formal bid.

See also:

28 Jun 01 |  Scotland
Aberdeen plan new stadium
20 Jun 01 |  Scotland
SFA step up stadium search
30 May 01 |  Scotland
Scots set for Euro 2008 bid
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