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[Sep. 7th, 2009|05:23 pm]
Listen in, listen Ian!
Well, this sounds like one of the stupidest ideas ever. For Forest to move from a ground (just about) within walking distance of the railway station and on several bus routes to Gamston which is pretty isolated right on the edge of the countryside and easy to get to as long as you drive is crazy. I'm also not sure how the city council can rule out redevelopment of the City Ground since it's in the Borough of Rushcliffe, and not the City of Nottingham. And I'm pretty sure Forest are just about recovering from the massive financial hole they got into when they redeveloped the ground 10-15 years ago, to make it the pretty good ground that it is. I'm not entirely sure they need to be plunging themselves into heavy debt to build a new one already.

FWIW, if they did need a new ground, I always thought this would be a good spot for one when I lived in Basford. Despite how green it looks from the air, unless they've made it a park or something in the five years since I moved away, it's a derelict brownfield site near tram stops, and on bus routes. But what do I know? I'm only someone who goes to football matches.

[User Picture]From: yiskah
2009-09-07 04:53 pm (UTC)
Ha, that's just around the corner from my Nottingham house! They've been talking about developing that site for years, though generally as inappropriately-swanky apartments. A football ground's a good idea though, as long as the site's big enough (is it definitely wide enough?).
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From: bisonfish
2009-09-07 06:27 pm (UTC)
I like the City Ground, and it would be a shame to lose it -not only is public transport good, but you can park right in front as well, for £5! Or you could when they were in League One, anyways....
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[User Picture]From: tonight_we_fly
2009-09-08 11:51 am (UTC)
I quite like The City Ground, and quite like Nottingham generally; that will be really bloody annoying.

According to the stats on Young Persons' Facebook I've seen Fulham play at a total of 115 different grounds, yet I'm miles away from ever having the full "92 Club" thing as so many teams keep moving to a new stadium since we last played them. I think I've probably only notched up about 70 odd of the current ones. Bah.
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From: srk1
2009-09-08 04:00 pm (UTC)
I'm also not sure how the city council can rule out redevelopment of the City Ground since it's in the Borough of Rushcliffe, and not the City of Nottingham.

The City Council owns the ground, I think since about five years ago when the club defaulted on a loan repayment. They have apparently had their eye on redeveloping the land as yuppie riverside flats. Rushcliffe is the planning authority, but they don't have any stake in the site itself.
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From: srk1
2009-09-08 04:12 pm (UTC)
WRT the new ground, I think a lot of the funding will come from the property developer which wants to build a vast number of new homes in the Gamston area. There was a tentative arrangement with another developer to build the ground (accompanied by housing) near Clifton, but this has obviously been abandoned.
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