Bristol Rovers abandon plans for new stadium at UWE

3 August 2017

Bristol Rovers has abandoned plans for a new stadium at the University of the West of England, after the two parties failed to agree "acceptable terms".

In a statement, issued by the club's company Dwayne Sports, they expressed their "disappointment" but insisted they will be immediately looking for "new opportunities".

It comes after six years of disputes, legal battles and takeovers.

"We will now immediately turn our attention to exploring all other opportunities for a new stadium or for a substantive redevelopment of the Memorial Stadium, whilst at the same time continuing to develop the new Colony training ground."

The on-off saga stretches back to June 2011 when the first plans were first unveiled for the 21,700 seater stadium at Stoke Gifford.

Over the last six years Bristol Rovers have faced high court battles with Sainsbury's and been taken over by a billionaire banker from Jordan who promised a new stadium would be one of his top priorities.

It seems, ultimately, they were unable to agree a deal with the University of the West of England, regarding their Frenchay campus.

Fans will be left bitterly disappointed and there will now be serious questions over what can be done to either renovate the Memorial Ground or move elsewhere.