Reds Unveil New Super Stadium Plans
Exciting plans have been announced by Nottingham Forest today for a new super stadium south of the city.
Catering for up to 50,000 people, the complex would embrace new transport infrastructure developments, the latest in green technology and be a focus for new jobs and events - helping to boost the reputations and economies of both the city and county.
With costs prohibitive to redeveloping the City Ground, the club are looking to work alongside Wilson Bowden Developments to become part of a possible new Nottingham community south of Clifton.
Forest Chief Executive, Mark Arthur, says that the opportunity is there to go ahead with something really exciting for the club, its supporters and the people of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.
"All our supporters will know that we've looked at the possibility of rebuilding the main stand at the City Ground. But the reality is that we'd still be left with a stadium that was old and will always have huge challenges in terms of access.
"Now there's an opportunity to go to a new, modern stadium that can seat up to 50,000 with excellent access and facilities. We believe looking at this is a duty we owe to our supporters and local people.
"The stadium could help generate a dynamic and vibrant new community in Nottingham, with jobs, infrastructure and opportunity all there. So this is the chance to make a new vision for the city and the club.
Mark stresses that it will be a long journey, with 2014 the earliest the stadium will emerge. "As a club, our priority for this season is promotion. Then it's promotion again the next season. Then it's to ensure we establish ourselves back in the top flight and challenge for Europe.
"Our supporters will also want to know that a not a penny of money which could go on buying new players or strengthening the team will go towards the new stadium. Football is the main priority for this club.
"The vision for the future is exciting - but we won't be distracted in any way from bringing success on the pitch and promotion."
Nick Richardson, Managing Director of Wilson Bowden Developments, says that it is an opportunity for something special for Nottingham -a new generation stadium to accommodate both national and international events and establish Nottingham as an events city.
"The Government has already highlighted the area south of Clifton in the emerging East Midlands Regional Spatial Strategy. The New Growth Points Initiative underpins that.
"With a capacity of 45,000 to 50,000, if the World Cup were to come to England in 2018 or 2022, then this would be a stadium worthy of staging World Cup matches.
"It will be a green stadium that runs on a carbon-neutral basis. It will be a stadium that can host major events - from concerts to cup finals.
"But above all, it will be Nottingham Forest's home."