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Rethink on Aberdeen FC stadium plans

Aberdeen City Council bosses have had talks with Aberdeen FC about building a new stadium near its current Pittodrie home.

The site of the Hilton DoubleTree hotel on the Beach Boulevard, which closed last year, is understood to be the council’s preferred location.

The club has planning permission for a new ground at Kingsford, where they have opened training facilities.

Aberdeen FC said in a statement:

With Pittodrie earmarked for housing, we are a key stakeholder at the beach. During initial conversations, the possibility of the club being involved in the sports and leisure element was discussed.

It’s far too early to make any comment on whether or not this would be progressed by either the club or the council. We remain committed to a new stadium, sports and community facilities at Kingsford, albeit our plans to progress to the next stage have stalled due to the financial challenges we are facing as a result of the pandemic.

Councillor Marie Boulton, Aberdeen city centre masterplan lead, said talks about the beachfront location are at a very early stage. She added:

But there is an ambition to bring forward the beach masterplan and we always thought with that there should be a real focus on Aberdeen Football Club. We’d like to explore all avenues with the football club to see if there’s a way to keep them in their spiritual home at Pittodrie. I think there’s real opportunities for both of us if we can find a way forward.

The club’s plans for a new £50 million stadium were given a legal go-ahead in March 2019.

The 20,000-seater development proposed for Kingsford, near Westhill, was to replace Pittodrie.