Bristol Rovers to Build £40m Stadium

Tuesday, 20th December 2011
In a proposal representing a construction investment of £60m in total, Bristol Rovers FC has signed land deals with Sainsbury’s and the University of the West of England to pave the way to build a new stadium with Sainsbury’s agreeing to buy the football’s club’s Memorial Stadium ground to build a huge supermarket.   The deal will help to finance construction of a 20,000 seater stadium on land near the University’s Frenchay Campus. The UWE will lease the land to the club and get access for students to club facilities and media room on non-match days. Students will also have the chance to buy discounted match tickets.   Sainsbury’s proposal at the Memorial Stadium site includes a store, work space, community facilities, homes and ample parking. The new ground will be called the UWE Stadium and will include banqueting and hospitality suite, convenience store, a gym, jogging track and teaching space for the University.   These proposals will be submitted to both Bristol City Council in the case of the Sainsbury’s application and South Gloucestershire Council regarding the new stadium, after extensive consultation.   Nick Higgs, Chairman of Bristol Rovers, said: “This agreement is a significant step in securing a sustainable future for the Club. The move to the Frenchay Campus will be fantastic for our supporters as they will be able to take advantage of the excellent transport links, including the A4174, Parkway and Abbey Wood stations and a new car park, and local residents and students will benefit from fantastic new facilities.”   Ben Littman, Regional Development Executive for Sainsbury’s, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to invest in Horfield; speaking with the community will help to ensure that we propose the right mix of facilities in a development that is of an appropriate size and scale for the area.”