Date: 10th April 2009 at 2:02pm
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The location is at Loirston Loch on the South side of the City. A feasibility study, which has taken over a year to complete, has concluded this is most viable site for the new community Stadium. The report recommending the Nigg site will now be out to the council`s policy and strategy committee on April 28th.

Plans for the new stadium show it is likely to cost around £38 million and will hold around 22,500 spectators, with the option of expanding to 30,000, should Scotland be in line to host a major event, such as the European Championships. A new 3,000 seater stadium is to be built next door to the new arena. This smaller stadium will become the home of, Highland League champions, Cove Rangers and will have an artificial playing surface.

Other sites considered such as Bridge of Don were deemed unviable, as was Kings Links, which in the end came closest to taking the Stadium from Loirston Loch. Aberdeen FC managing director, Duncan Fraser (who is also a member of the Arena project advisory and monitoring board) told the Evening Express:

‘We knew that it was essential to carry out a detailed examination of each site to assess which was the most deliverable.
“The bottom line is that it isn`t viable to redevelop Pittodrie.
“It is an outdated stadium and we have no other option but to relocate.
“We recognise how difficult this is for supporters.
“These recommendations have still to be approved and at the appropriate time, there will be a full consultation process with fans.
“Their feedback will be important.”
“We looked at the strengths and the challenges of each of the sites and have assessed that Loirston is the most deliverable.”
“As well as having a new home for Aberdeen Football Club, we should consider the economic and social benefits to the North-east.”

So it seems Aberdeen`s relocation is well under way. We can only hope the right site has been chosen and the Stadium itself will be well designed. For further discussion about the new Stadium, head to the forum.