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Stadium will have 19,000 capacity

Aberdeen to build £40m stadium on edge of city

Aberdeen FC new stadium planAberdeen Football Club is planning to quit Pittodrie and move to a £40 million stadium close to the new western by-pass.

The site near Westhill is eight miles from the club’s current home since the turn of the century.

It will include training facilities and would have better access for supporters from around the city.

It puts an end to plans to relocate to Loirston, to the south of city which faced a succession of planning objections.

The new stadium would be part-funded by the sale of Pittodrie, which is near the seafront and was built in 1899.

Aberdeen FC new stadiumChairman Stewart Milne said he hoped the club would be playing at a 19,000 capacity Kingsford in the 2019-20 season.

“Kingsford offers an opportunity to locate both the stadium and the training facilities within a single site, as was the original plan for Loirston, and it is in an ideal location for supporters travelling from all areas in and around Aberdeen,” he said.

“Crucially, we have full control of the site via a concluded missive with the landowner. Extensive site diligence has already been carried out at Kingsford to establish the feasibility of the land area and also the requirements for the planning process.

“Since Loirston was previously identified as our site for the new stadium, there have been various changes in circumstances and furthermore the development of the AWPR will now provide easy access to the new site at Kingsford.

“AFC and Aberdeen City Council see a new stadium and training facilities as a vital part of the region’s infrastructure, and there is a strong desire by the club to deliver these new facilities as soon as possible.”

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes said the improved training facilities would help the club.

“When completed, this will have a huge impact in terms of AFC’s ability to attract and then improve players, both in terms of youngsters for our youth academy and also established first team players.”

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