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Old July 6th, 2012, 08:01 PM   #4721
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The two sites that keep coming up regarding qpr,is kensal gasworks and old oak common

The Unigate site,and the BBC White City site opposite are strong contenders
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Old July 8th, 2012, 04:40 PM   #4722
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It's probably the BBC site, Unigate and OOC, they're the only 'local' sites which are realistic if local means staying in H&F and around White City. The Kensal site is in a different borough, plus K&C have drawn up development plans to fund their proposed crossrail station.

Linford Christie Stadium was approached some years ago I believe and the council said no (along with Hammersmith Park iirc). Whilst it's possible things may have changed the fact remains the council have a strong hand to direct the club to their favoured location. There are several other sites that can be used and several clubs in the borough. They probably would want any of the three I mention above redeveloped rather than the area behind the hospital.
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Old July 8th, 2012, 06:52 PM   #4723
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Johnny Haynes Stand gettin' a new roof.

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Old July 9th, 2012, 10:15 AM   #4724
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Tony Fernandes tweeted earlier that QPR would be getting a 45k non-bowl in west London, narrowed down to two possible sites and will 'keep the atmosphere'. More to follow in the next couple of months apparently.

Truly an exciting time to be a QPR fan! Been waiting years for news like this.
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Old July 9th, 2012, 04:10 PM   #4725
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Tony Fernandes tweeted earlier that QPR would be getting a 45k non-bowl in west London, narrowed down to two possible sites and will 'keep the atmosphere'. More to follow in the next couple of months apparently.

Truly an exciting time to be a QPR fan! Been waiting years for news like this.
Has a thread of its own:

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Old July 12th, 2012, 07:49 PM   #4726
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News on Swindon's plan to redevelop the Town End:

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Chief executive Nick Watkins said the stage focuses on the Town End, doubling the capacity to 4,000, and providing pitchside-view function rooms, possibly with an associated hotel.
http://www.thisiswiltshire.co.uk/spo...lopment_plans/

And Barnet are looking to move from Underhill to their training ground:

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Barnet FC's move from Underhill to The Hive is looking ever closer, after Harrow Council Officers have recommended that the club be given initial approval for Football League matches to be played on the Camrose Avenue site.
http://www.barnetfc.com/page/InThePr...847732,00.html
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Old July 12th, 2012, 08:46 PM   #4727
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Does anyone know whether Forest might rekindle their stadium plans now they've been taken over? There's been talk both of expansion of the City Ground and, during the 2018 bid there was plan for a stadium out of town if I remember correctly.
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Old July 12th, 2012, 09:01 PM   #4728
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Maybe they'll say something regarding the stadium on Saturday:

http://www.thisisnottingham.co.uk/Ne...ail/story.html
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Old July 12th, 2012, 11:23 PM   #4729
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It's recently one after another that has been taken over. Notthingham Forest, Reading, West Ham, QPR, Cardiff and I probalby forgot some more. If they all want to become a city or chelsea...
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Old July 13th, 2012, 01:52 AM   #4730
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Forest just need a new main stand. Put all the the boxes and corporate stuff in there and you're fine. The other three stands are fairly new.
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Old July 13th, 2012, 12:58 PM   #4731
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It's recently one after another that has been taken over. Notthingham Forest, Reading, West Ham, QPR, Cardiff and I probalby forgot some more. If they all want to become a city or chelsea...
Reading, at least, break the mould in that respect as the owner hasn't been talking about spending millions to reach for the stars. Much stress on the need for financial prudence instead.

Unlike the other takeovers, he does have a link to the area too. He went to school down the road at Bearwood College, and stood on the terraces at the old Elm Park ground.
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Old July 13th, 2012, 06:40 PM   #4732
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i'd like to think QPR were not spending money for the hell of it like some drunken yuppie...Fernandes has committed to spending £6m for a new training ground,this was badly needed,plus part of it will be a community facility...we badly need a new ground,there is no way Loftus Rd can be expanded,and the new stadium,is,if you can believe it,going to be a multi-use facility than can host indoor events...TF has stated he wants QPP to become more self sufficient...but when you have fallen behind so badly,it takes some spending to catch up,a lot of the payers that have come in are free tansfers...ok,the wages are an issue,and you can argue that 45k is far too big,but there does seem to be some sort of business plan in place
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Old July 14th, 2012, 06:20 AM   #4733
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i'd like to think QPR were not spending money for the hell of it like some drunken yuppie...Fernandes has committed to spending £6m for a new training ground,this was badly needed,plus part of it will be a community facility...we badly need a new ground,there is no way Loftus Rd can be expanded,and the new stadium,is,if you can believe it,going to be a multi-use facility than can host indoor events...TF has stated he wants QPP to become more self sufficient...but when you have fallen behind so badly,it takes some spending to catch up,a lot of the payers that have come in are free tansfers...ok,the wages are an issue,and you can argue that 45k is far too big,but there does seem to be some sort of business plan in place
You're right, it does seem to be a sensible approach to progress. An advantage is that QPR has generally had low expectations as a football club, which gives you some leeway.
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Old July 17th, 2012, 06:17 PM   #4734
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White Hart Lane had a capacity approaching 60000 up until 1981.

Similar comments were made when Arsenal moved, ignoring the fact that Highbury also held almost 60,000 before going all-seater.
What's the point of being stuck in the 70s?
Progress must be made relating to issues such as crowd congestion after a match.

You mention Arsenal but the Emirates stadium is more centrally located causing less crowd dispersal problems.
Transport links are also much better there with a wider choice of nearby stations and achievable walking distances.
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Old July 18th, 2012, 12:19 PM   #4735
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What's the point of being stuck in the 70s?
Progress must be made relating to issues such as crowd congestion after a match.

You mention Arsenal but the Emirates stadium is more centrally located causing less crowd dispersal problems.
Transport links are also much better there with a wider choice of nearby stations and achievable walking distances.
Eh?

If the transport infrastructure could cope 20-30 years ago, it can cope now.

People moaned about Arsenal because they claimed the area couldn't cope with a 20,000 rise in crowds, even though crowds were at that 20,000 higher level just a few years earlier.

I'm not saying it coped well, but the implication was that 38,000 crowds were all the stations near Highbury ever had to deal with.
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Old July 18th, 2012, 05:16 PM   #4736
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Maidstone United

At long last, they're finally back home.

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Rotherham United

New stadium is nearly completed now.

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New (it will have 940 seats) stand being erected.

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Old July 18th, 2012, 05:59 PM   #4737
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Happy for Maidstone to finally get back home, can't say many Gills fans of a certain age will agree with me though! I'm sure the "Squatters" nickname will prevail!

As for Rotherham, after everything they've been through with their old ground, former owners, Administration I'm really happy that they've got a fantastic new stadium, looking forward to going there next season. Even though essentially it's just another "boring bowl" I think it's got enough variation to show a bit of individuality, and the location is great.
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Old July 18th, 2012, 08:56 PM   #4738
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Those disabled sections (Like at the new stand at Molineux) ruin what would be a nice ground. 5 bloody rows of seats cut out to accommodate 1 row of wheelchairs? On every section of the ground? What on Earth?

How come the grounds being thrown up everywhere else on this planet aren't being ruined by such an aesthetic nightmare? Why can't disabled supporters sit alongside the pitch, etc. It looks awful to keep the PC Brigade happy!
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Old July 18th, 2012, 09:36 PM   #4739
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My father is disabled, and we have to use a wheelchair whenever we go to away games as he has huge trouble with his movement. The instances when we go to Modern grounds with these "aesthetic nightmares" it is a huge relief as they have very functional and easy access from the concourses to the stand. The reasons why these disabled areas are raised up are not because of some "PC" brigade's desire to ruin the aesthetics of the ground, it's because they are on ground level, and can be easily rolled in and out without having to go up or down any stairs, something older grounds that did not take this into account do not possess. In addition to how easier it is to having a designated disabled area in terms of access, it also prevents any intrusion onto other fans that would happen if they were placed alongside the pitch. My dad's wheelchair takes up the place of a seat, which would make the walkways along the pitch side even smaller and would take up more space from fellow supporters, causing congestion before/after kick off and at half time.

So yes, I'm sorry my dad's disability and movement limitations "ruins" the aesthetics, maybe my dad should stop going to football altogether, packing in 40 years worth of support just so you can have your precious aesthetics, but then I'm just a member of the "PC Brigade".
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Old July 18th, 2012, 10:14 PM   #4740
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I think those areas look fine.. if anything adds a bit of variation to the bowl
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