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Coordinates: 57°08′17″N 2°08′35″W / 57.138°N 2.143°W / 57.138; -2.143

New Aberdeen Stadium
Location Aberdeen
Owner Aberdeen City Council
Surface Grass
Construction cost £50m (estimated)
Architect The Miller Partnership
Capacity 25,000-35,000
Tenants
Aberdeen F.C.

The New Aberdeen Stadium is a proposed stadium in or around Aberdeen, Scotland. It would be the home stadium of Aberdeen F.C. who currently play in the Scottish Premier League.

Further development of Pittodrie Stadium is possible, but the severe disruption to the clubs activities, and the potential to wipe out some of the clubs debt by selling the club owned land for redevelopment makes a new stadium the prefered option.[1]

In July 2008, the club reiterated their desire to move forwards with a new 22,000 seat stadium, despite the financial crisis that had hit Aberdeen City Council in recent months.[2] The plan is unrelated to the proposed Cove Rangers stadium also being built in the city.

In April 2009, the Arena Project Board recommended a site in Nigg for the new stadium.[3 ] The Board considered that a site adjacent to Aberdeen's present home of Pittodrie Stadium was too small and too expensive.[3 ] Aberdeen City Council then deferred a decision until the next full meeting of the local authority.[4] The full council approved the project, but it still has to clear the full planning process.[5]

The proposed site is within a Green Belt area, which the local council may donate to the project.[6] Concerns were raised over the new site due to the need to develop over Aberdeen's only fresh-water loch, and the resultant need for large car parking facilities.[7]

If the stadium gets past the planning stage it will give a green light to other property developers who have had outline plans for the area for a number of years, but up until now have been refused due to the Green Belt status.[8]

The majority of fans responding to a questionnaire on the proposal from Aberdeen Supporters Trust oppose the building of the new stadium on this site.[9] Amongst 10% of the Aberdeen fans who replied. 81.2% were against the location of the new stadium, that the second site of Kings Links adjacent to the existing Pittodrie would be their first choice. 62.8% said they would attend less matches if the move goes ahead.[10]

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