Queen’s Park Rangers’ CEO Lee Hoos says that moving the club to a new stadium on the site of the Linford Christie Stadium would be “win-win” for all parties involved if the relevant permissions can be granted. The site in White City is home to the Thames Valley Harriers Athletics team. QPR’s preferred site at Old Oak has not progressed as hoped by the club. Hoos told a supporter meeting:
QPR is so embedded with the community; it really makes sense to plan to build a new stadium with the community at the heart of it. We’d love to do things like using the facilities for residents, education, training and health care.
Taking a liberty
Swansea FC is negotiating a new lease with Swansea council. Chris Pearlman, Chief Operating Officer of the club said:
The football club has been having productive conversations with the Council and remain optimistic an agreement can be finalised that is in the best interests of all parties, namely the City of Swansea, the Swans and Ospreys.
We believe it is important to clarify the fact that the club does not play at the Liberty Stadium ‘for free’ as some people tend to believe.
The club contributes over £2m every year to the upkeep and development of the stadium through a percentage of ticket sales, concession revenue and in-venue sponsorship around our fixtures.
On top of this, the club has contributed over £7.5m to the development of the stadium in the last 10 years, which is a considerable investment into a stadium we don’t actually own.
The economic benefits and global marketing reach the football club has brought to the city, especially since promotion, has been huge and well documented over the years, with a reported £58m boost to the local economy in the club’s first season in the Premier League alone.
We also recognise the vital role Council played in the initial development and financing of the Liberty Stadium. Along with the Ospreys, they have been important partners through the years and we don’t want to minimise the role they have played in our success
Having said that, we believe the current tripartite agreement that has been in place since 2005 is now unsustainable for all parties going forward.
Former home of Rushden and Diamonds demolished
Bulldozers have started demolishing the former home of Rushden and Diamonds in Northamptonshire. After Rushden & Diamonds went out of business, Nene Park was briefly the home of Kettering Town, but the site has been redundant since 2012.