Bristol Rovers chief executive Martyn Starnes has said the English League One football club is still committed to developing a new stadium despite undertaking improvements to its current home.

Bristol Rovers has played at the Memorial Stadium, which first opened in 1921, since 1996. The club has focused on making improvements to its current home of late having been knocked back last year in efforts to develop a new stadium.

Rovers have been engaged in work at the Memorial Stadium during the close season to enhance the main club bar, the shop, pitch and install a new small canopied family stand with seating.

However, Starnes told the Bristol Post newspaper: “The work going on at the Mem right now is not the discussed development of the stadium. This is to try and improve what we have got while we try to develop a long-term plan.

“We are investing in this stadium in the interim, in a relatively small way, to hopefully try and make some major improvements for fans. So it is a relatively small investment to get a good return in terms of match day experience.

“We decided you can only wait so long before doing some basic maintenance and improvements and a decision was made prior to me joining, that now is the time to bite the bullet and certainly make some improvements.”

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