Manchester Speedway Team Step Closer To $9M Complex
The green light is flashing for British speedway team Belle Vue’s "long awaited new stadium to be given the go-ahead," according to the MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS. New East Manchester Ltd. CEO Eddie Smith revealed the £6M ($9M) Belle Vue Sports Village complex "will be on the agenda" at the next meeting of Manchester City Council’s exec committee. Smith said, "Commercial negotiations aren't easy at the best of times and these are not easy times. Getting things financed is a challenge and this has taken a little longer than we would have liked. We have reached a point where, in the next few weeks, we will be making a recommendation to the City Council that there is a commercial deal which will underpin a new stadium." Belle Vue is anticipating the committee will approve the project at that meeting so it can "go for planning permission and then the normal construction programme can begin." The Aces "are targeting an opening date" for the start of the '14 season (MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS, 3/5).