Members of Scottish football club Aberdeen's board are seeking alternative options for a new stadium after their latest plans were rebuked by the city's council.
The Scottish Premier League (SPL) team are looking for an exit from their current Pittodrie home and move into a purpose built 21,000-seater stadium that aims to improve the club's stature both on and off the field. The original plan laid out by the board was to relocate to Loirston Lake on the outskirts of Aberdeen and incorporate both training facilities as well as home for Highland League side Cove Rangers. However, the city's council put a stop on these plans after voting no on the Calder Park sports complex.
Now the board has announced that it is seeking alternative locations after stating that staying at Pittodrie was not an option. The Dons have been playing their home games at the stadium since 1903, but officials have conceded that it is beginning to show its age and the club needs to progress by moving to a new ground. While the original plan of beginning the 2014/15 season in different surroundings may have been put back, the board is confident that a site can be found in the near future, even if it means moving out of the city of Aberdeen.
George Yule, the club's vice-chairman, said: "Given the way matters have panned out, we have a significant amount of work to be undertaken and only when all of the due diligence of the various options has been carried out will AFC be in a position to form a more definitive view of what the future is likely to hold for us in regard to stadium re-location opportunities."
Aberdeen kicked off their SPL campaign earlier in the month and have not had the best of starts, only picking up five points from their opening four games. While this included a 1-0 defeat away at champions Celtic, there were also two disappointing goalless draws at home to Hearts and newly-promoted Ross County.
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