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Bristol City to stay at Ashton Gate

Bristol City to stay at Ashton Gate
Bristol City are to remain at Ashton Gate after plans were outlined for a significant redevelopment of the stadium.

The Robins have been playing their home games at Ashton Gate since 1904 but had been pondering a move to a new £60 million stadium in Aston Vale. However, the club's majority shareholder Steve Lansdown confirmed to those in attendance at the Annual Supporters Meeting on Wednesday (January 22nd) that they would be redeveloping Ashton Gate as opposed to relocating.

Plans of the £40 million upgrade include replacing the Williams and Wedlock stand which would raise the capacity of the stadium from 21,500 to 27,000. There is also set to be a modification of the Dolman Stand with improved seating, concourse facilities as well as a new roof all set to be phased in over the next three years.

Mr Lansdown explained that the club is expected to sign the section 106 agreement in the near future which will then lead to a Judicial Review, taking around six weeks to complete and then work can get underway. He added that he hopes to have the stadium completely renovated by 2015.

"We wanted to give some certainty to supporters, so if we get through to March with no Judicial Review, then we will be going ahead with the redevelopment plans, starting in May," the majority shareholder said.

The Robins have struggled to adapt to life in League One following their relegation from the Championship at the end of 2012/13 season. They currently find themselves languishing in 23rd and two points from safety. The team is yet to win in 2014 and were recently dumped out of the FA Cup in the third round after losing their replay with Championship side Watford.

It is hoped that the redevelopment of Ashton Gate will able to spur things on the pitch as well as off it.

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Date: 23/01/2014 15:04:26

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