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U's take step towards new stadium and sports village

Cambridge United Football Club has moved towards a new stadium and sports village after its landlords drew a shortlist of 10 potential sites.

The U’s, currently playing in the Blue Square Bet Premier, are scheduled to move to a new stadium and sports village with Grosvenor Estates hoping to have the complex complete by 2017.

Grosvenor Estates bought United’s current ground, the Abbey, for £3.5m last year with plans to use the Abbey for retail or housing development once the club has moved.

Speaking to BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, Chris White of Grosvenor's development partners Wrenbridge said: "This could potentially be a massive development.

"Up to 90 acres with a certain amount for the stadium and 60 or 70 acres of residential led development.

"I think it's too premature to start naming a top two or three as we need to assess all of these sites.

"Each site is bound by planning policy and we also need to discover if the land owners are willing to do a deal."

White was also confident that the new complex would help the club develop new income streams, with the U’s struggling financially at the Abbey.

"The plan is to have several revenue spin-offs for the football club with conference facilities, retail facilities and hotel facilities," he said.

"At the moment they struggle to generate addition revenue to meet their running costs, but that should change."

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