Aberdeen’s plans for a new stadium have been given a major boost after the Scottish government approved of plans for a 22,000 capacity stadium to be built in Loirston Loch, south of Aberdeen.
The stadium, expected to cost around £38m will plan to have a training facility, an adjacent 3,000-seat arena for Highland League side Cove Rangers, a gym, club shop, museum and café. Another attraction will be the fact that the stadium will have a red glow in the dark.
Aberdeen plan to finance the new stadium by selling their current stadium, Pittodrie, for new housing.
Duncan Fraser, Aberdeen’s chief executive told the club's official website: "The decision of the Scottish Government to allow the stadium development to proceed is a critical step forward and follows on from the decision of the council to support the proposal following the most comprehensive consultation and public scrutiny.
"With the continuing support of our major shareholders and the bank we can now move forward in the coming months to bring together a funding package. We will also be working hard to finalise the complex legal agreements tied down with regards to the development.
"A substantial element will come from the proposed sale of the existing Pittodrie site and we hope to have planning approval for this within the next couple of months.
"We are also working with Cove Rangers to bring forward the plans for their new stadium as well as first-class football training and community facilities at Calder Park. We also hope to secure a significant contribution from the naming rights, enabling funding and a manageable mortgage."