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Volume 6 No. 248
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Aberdeen Manager McInnes Calls For Support Of 'Game-Changing' New Stadium

Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen Manager Derek McInnes said that a new stadium and linked training facilities is a vital "game-changer" for the club, according to the BBC. The £50M ($66M) project would be at Kingsford, near Westhill. Backers and objectors have been "taking their chance to make their points at a hearing at Aberdeen Town House." McInnes told the hearing he realized on his first day in the job in '13 "how bad training facilities were, and that change was needed." He said that the club was "bottom of the league table" for training facilities, adding, "Others will leave us in the distance. ... How do we want Aberdeen to be regarded? Modern state-of-the-art facilities, or do we just stay as we are?" Edel Harris, of Aberdeen FC Community Trust, said that "many groups could benefit from the proposals for Kingsford, including those with disabilities." Objectors have called for the club to "look elsewhere, raising concerns about traffic, parking and noise from the development" (BBC, 9/13).