Date: 13th December 2016 at 7:57am
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AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has backed plans for a new stadium.

On 9th December, AFC Bournemouth chief executive Neill Blake announced that the football club board were attempting to identify a site to build a new home for the Cherries.

At the present moment in time AFC Bournemouth have been unable to agree a potential buy-back price of their Dean Court home with landlords Structadene, whilst the indication from Bournemouth Borough Council is that a greatly increased capacity ground within Kings Park would not be approved.

This would see AFC Bournemouth leave Dean Court and Kings Park, the football clubs home since 1910.

The AFC Bournemouth boards aim is to move into a new ground within the next four years. (click for previous article).

With the attention turning to potential new sites, Cllr John Beesley insists that there is a real will amongst Bournemouth Borough Council to find AFC Bournemouth a suitable location for a new stadium. (click for previous article).

AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has backed the plans for a new home, citing the need for the football club to grow if it is to establish itself at top flight level.

Howe told the Daily Echo

‘It`s a difficult one for me because I have such strong and fond memories of this ground and everything that`s associated with it, So it will be a very sad moment if the club does leave this part of town, but you have to think of the long-term benefits.

‘It is in everybody’s interests that the club is strong.’

‘We`re looking to build the club from the bottom upwards, The facilities have to improve, the size of the stadium is key, we want more seats for our supporters to come and watch us play. I think to grow the club like we want to, the stadium is a key part of the dream.’

Your Say…

boscombe botn wrote…

I am struggling to get my head around why we can’t build a new 20,000 stadium in Kings Park!

At the moment we have a full size football ground with two football training pitches next to it and also an athletics track. Over the road there is open grassland the size of a cricket pitch.

Queens Park is literally a stone’s throw away as well.

I appreciate that the so called Five Parks Act or whatever its called seeks to provide open ground for the enjoyment of the public, but just how much open ground does Mr & Mrs Public need?!

IIRC the athletic stadium is sited over an ex-public tip! Hardly historical walking land. And next to it is a lorry park – not exactly a great area for picnics!

A 20,000 capacity stadium might spark some support industry life into Boscombe as well!

This Five Parks Act or whatever its called / does is absolutely ridiculous! Maybe we could get that clever lawyer back so that we can suggest some amendments to that ridiculous Act and do a deal with the council!

Perhaps offer to resurrect the ice rink in Bournemouth town centre or something!

Utter madness! Rant Over.
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