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Aberdeen gets government approval for new stadium

Wed 16th Mar 2011 | Football Stadiums & Facilities

Aberdeen Football Club have been given Government permission to move away from Pittodrie to their proposed new stadium.

The Scottish Premier League Club were given the go-ahead for their proposed new 22,000-seat community stadium at Loirston Loch last month by the local council.

Now work will begin on finance proposals for the £38million project, which includes training facilities and an adjacent 3,000-seat arena for Highland League side Cove Rangers.

Aberdeen chief executive Duncan Fraser told the club's official website: "The decision of the Scottish Government to allow the stadium development to proceed is a critical step forward and follows on from the decision of the council to support the proposal following the most comprehensive consultation and public scrutiny.

"With the continuing support of our major shareholders and the bank we can now move forward in the coming months to bring together a funding package.

"We will also be working hard to finalise the complex legal agreements tied down with regards to the development.

"A substantial element will come from the proposed sale of the existing Pittodrie site and we hope to have planning approval for this within the next couple of months.

"We are also working with Cove Rangers to bring forward the plans for their new stadium as well as first-class football training and community facilities at Calder Park.

"The huge funding challenge will result in a big call on our major shareholders and others.

"We also hope to secure a significant contribution from the naming rights, enabling funding and a manageable mortgage.

"The challenge is massive and we will explore all options to ensure this major project, which will benefit the whole of the region, is successfully delivered."

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