Bristol Rovers FC has announced that it has signed legal agreements with Sainsbury’s and the University of the West of England (UWE), its partners in a project to build a new stadium on land near the UWE Frenchay Campus.
Subject to planning approvals, the deal will see the club’s existing Memorial Stadium redeveloped as a Sainsbury’s supermarket and a new 20,000 all-seater stadium built on the new site.
Bristol Rugby Club has also been offered the opportunity to move to the new ground, which will conform to all FIFA and Rugby Union standards.
Further public consultation is planned for the new year, after which detailed planning applications will be submitted to Bristol City Council (for the redevelopment of the Memorial ground) and South Gloucestershire Council (for the construction of the new stadium).
The new stadium is situated on land between the UWE Frenchay Campus, Hewlett Packard, MOD Abbey Wood and the new Cheswick Village housing development.
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.”
“Local residents and students will benefit from fantastic new facilities.”
- Club, UWE and Sainsbury’s agreement and consultation on Memorial Stadium to get underway in the New Year (UWE)
- Contracts signed for new Bristol Rovers stadium (BBC)
Related link: UWE Stadium (official website)