Date:Friday October 26 2007
The Pompey Site has confirmed that the plans for the location of the proposed new stadium will change.
The initial site for the new 36,000 seater stadium was intended to be The Hard, but with the Royal Navy set to house two 'super aircraft carriers' a change is required as this would be too close to our original site, so operational and security concerns mean that an alternative site needed to be found - this site being Horsea Island, close to Port Solent.
Peter Storrie remains confident that the new stadium can still be in place by 2011 though: 'the club is delighted that the Royal Navy here in Portsmouth is to be the home for the new carriers and destroyers.
'Clearly our plans have had to change as a result. We have always had a very good working relationship with the Royal Navy and once the new commissions were confirmed the Navy and the city council encouraged and worked with us in identifying another waterfront site for the stadium.
'The new site fits all the criteria as before and, in addition, creates new opportunities which will also enable us to be in the new stadium by 2011 as originally planned'.
For a more detailed account of things, visit the Pompey Site - if you have not already.
We all concede that in order for the club to continue to move forward this new stadium desperately needs to be built - along with the proposed new training ground, which will be approved, or not, by the end of the year.
For god knows how many years we have heard talk of a new stadium being build, but nothing has happened, however for the first time I genuinely believe something will happen this time - it has too! To be honest, within reason, I do not really mind where this stadium is built - so long as it happens...
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Date:Friday October 26 2007
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