OxVox, the supporters’ trust of English League One football team Oxford United, is in talks to buy the Kassam Stadium, the club’s home ground.
In a statement, OxVox said it had held “constructive and positive discussions” with Firoz Kassam, the ex-owner of the club and current owner of the stadium that is named after him.
OxVox’s statement added that both parties remain in the early stages of discussions, and that talks currently remain confidential and private. Further discussions will be held in the coming months.
Kassam said: “While there is a great deal to do before any agreement could be made to make the Kassam Stadium community-owned, I am happy to confirm the principle, after discussions with OxVox, that the target for the stadium is that it should pass into community ownership for the future security of the football club and the benefit of the local community. I look forward to working with OxVox further in the coming months to make progress towards that aim."
OxVox chairman Jem Faulkner added: “Meetings and regular communication has been going on for some time with various key stakeholders and that of course has included Firoz Kassam and his Board. The highly constructive nature of our talks with Firoz Kassam have been very encouraging and it has become clear that he shares our vision to see if a community-owned solution for the stadium can be achieved for the benefit of OUFC, it’s fans and the wider community.
“Everything is all still at a very early stage and there is much detail to work through, but the willingness of all parties to talk openly and discuss the possibilities gives us great cause for optimism.”