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Bristol Rovers weighing up multiple stadium options

Bristol Rovers president Wael al-Qadi has said the English League One football club is assessing a number of options to resolve its long-held goal of developing a new stadium.

In January 2017, Rovers saw plans to develop a new 21,000-seat facility at the University of West of England (UWE) scuppered after a financial agreement could not be reached.

Rovers has played at the Memorial Stadium (pictured), which first opened in 1921, since 1996. The club has focused on making improvements to its current home of late having been engaged in work during the close season to enhance the main club bar, the shop, pitch and install a new small canopied family stand with seating.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol, Al-Qadi said: “We all know what we want, but it’s about getting there.”

He added: “There are several options and the Memorial Stadium is included. You always have to have a plan A, plan B and plan C. We have been very busy over the summer to supply our fans with a better experience at the Mem, but we see these as temporary solutions. I don’t want to give timelines but I can assure you we are working very hard (to get) this club where it should be.”

Questioned about the UWE Stadium project, Al-Qadi refused to confirm or deny that it remains one of the club’s future options, citing legal reasons.

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