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26 Jul 2018

New Bristol Rovers CEO says new stadium "still on the agenda"
BY Tom Walker

The club has been looking to move away from the ageing Memorial Stadium since 2006

The club has been looking to move away from the ageing Memorial Stadium since 2006

New Bristol Rovers CEO Martyn Starnes has confirmed that the club still plans to move into a new stadium.

Speaking to local press, Starnes said that while Rovers are currently undertaking renovation works at its Memorial Stadium, the works aren't part of a long-term plan to upgrade the stadium – but rather "necessary maintenance works".

The club has been looking to move away from the ageing Memorial Stadium since 2006, but advanced plans to build a £40m venue – developed in partnership with the University of Western England (UWE) – collapsed in August 2017.

Following the cancellation of the plans, Rovers owner Wael Al-Qadi suggested that the club might have to look at abandoning hope of a new stadium – and instead redevelop its existing home.

Starnes, however, said that the current works aren't an indication that plans for a new stadium have been dumped.

Starnes joined Rovers this summer from League One rivals Plymouth Arqyle.



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