Aberdeen FC’s new stadium will pump more than £8.5million extra into the north-east and create hundreds of jobs, according to a new report.
Dons chiefs have suffered numerous setbacks with their plans to build a £50million stadium and training campus development, which would be sited at Kingsford to the west of the city.
In October, a crunch decision by the city council on the proposals was delayed at the 11th hour – with the club having to review the original plans and resubmit them for consultation.
A closing date has been set for written representations to be submitted to the council by December 12.
Now additional information in support of the application reveals that the economic impact of the stadium proposals could be even greater than initially forecast.
It is hoped that the new stadium would attract more people to the games.
Raymond Edgar, project director for Kingsford said: “We’ve seen and felt the impact on our local community and our economy with the downturn due to a lower oil price, so the sooner we get on and build these facilities, the sooner the region will be able to share in these welcome benefits.”
Russell Borthwick, chief executive, of AGCC, said: “The chamber is encouraged that the economic analysis shows the benefits of the stadium move significantly outweigh any downsides from lost city centre spending by fans.”
Numerous objections have been raised to the plan revolving around concerns about parking, increased traffic and a loss of green belt at Kingsford.
The No to Kingsford objectors group did not respond to requests for comment.