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Forest consider City Ground exit

The City Ground is located close to the River Trent
League One club Nottingham Forest has revealed plans to move to a new purpose-built stadium located on the outskirts of the city.
The club's chief executive Mark Arthur said the team was considering a move from its City Ground home to a site on the south of Nottingham in Clifton.

The current ground on the River Trent has been home to club since 1898.

The stadium would have a capacity of between 40,000 and 50,000 with most of the funding from the private sector.

'New gateway'

The new location is closer to the M1, but the move would probably be timed to coincide with the expansion of the nearby A453, which links the area to the motorway.

Forest chief executive Mark Arthur said the club was excited about the new stadium which would be a focus for new jobs and events in the area.

He said the club's main goal was still promotion to the Championship and then the Premiership - and added that the money for the project would not be taken from player funds.

The new stadium project is a "dramatic new gateway" to the city that should be in place by 2014, he said.

The scheme would also include new housing and other commercial developments in the Clifton area.

Mr Arthur said the club has not yet calculated an exact cost for the entire project.
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Yeah I know what you mean, but the New ANfield is ready to go bar funding, and the new Ashton Vale has planning permission granted and could begin as early as April (although there are a few hiccupps to sort out yet).

Forest's proposal seems a bit of a long shot at the moment. Or am I wrong?

I'm just saying that, supposing England win the bid, there is probably a 90% chance the WC will come to Bristol and Liverpool, but probably with Nottingham it is more like 50-50. If the stadium project doesn't get it's ar*e in gear sharpish I would imagine one of your near rivals will pick up the pieces.
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Actually, no. That's not correct. Although it would seem to be the case, FIFA will have the final say regardless of the FA's recommendations. They can ultimately undermine the bid book and 'modify' as they please to suit their requirements.

If the plug is pulled on Forest's new ground, or any other for that matter, Leicester and other venues which fit the WC bill (or can be made to do so) etc could be brought forward.
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