EXCLUSIVE: Bristol City reveal plans to redevelop Ashton Gate stadium in £40m scheme
Bristol City have unveiled an ambitious scheme to redevelop Ashton Gate.
The Post can exclusively reveal City's plans to completely rebuild the Wedlock and Williams Stands and renovate the Atyeo and Dolman Stands to increase capacity from 19,000 to 26,000 by the start of the 2016/17 season.
A three-year build, the project will cost £40m and will be entirely underwritten by Robins majority shareholder Steve Lansdown.
City are expected to make an application for planning permission to Bristol City Council as early as June or July this year and work could start in the Spring of 2014.
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Meanwhile, the club will continue to explore the possibility of constructing a new 30,000 all-seat stadium at nearby Ashton Vale pending a second inquiry, which is scheduled for October.
If they are unable to build on Ashton Vale, they will abandon that scheme and push ahead with plans to redevelop Ashton Gate, their spiritual home for more than 100 years.
On a momentous day for sport in the city, Bristol Rugby Club have formally announced their decision to leave the Memorial Stadium and ground-share with Bristol City at some time in the future, irrespective of where the Robins are playing.
City will install a special Desso grass and fibre pitch to cater for both sports.