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No Kingsford Stadium Limited, Westhill Business Centre, Endeavour Dr, Arnhall Business Park, Westhill AB32 6UF - Company No. SC569088

Road to nowhere – stadium so far out of the town it’s almost in another…

Kingsford is the wrong site. Miles from city centre and here is the evidence.

The distance between the city centre and Aberdeen’s stadium proposals is more than twice the distance of any other club in Scotland. The distance between the city it serves and the stadium is greater than nearly any other club in Europe. And that’s before you consider there is no transport infrastructure to support it.

So how far do fans travel? Paul Fletcher, who worked with AFC on their plans for Loirston Loch and has also delivered stadium projects for Huddersfield Town, Bolton and the new Wembley Stadium, in an interview with FourFourTwo, says “I’ve realised that there’s a distance that fans won’t travel and I think that’s about two miles out of a town centre.”

So, how far are Scotland’s stadia from their city/town centres? This handy table of walking distances (from Google Maps) will tell you for the current teams in both the Premiership and the Championship.  It’s also worth noting that the larger stadia (Celtic Park,  Ibrox and others) have over-ground / underground railway stations relatively close by (as does Hampden, the national football stadium).  Murrayfield in Edinburgh is also serviced by trains (Haymarket – a short 1 mile walk) and trams to the door.

Club Stadium Centre Walking Distance
Celtic Celtic Park Glasgow 2.6 miles
Rangers Ibrox Glasgow 3.0 miles
Kilmarnock Rugby Park Kilmarnock 1.0 miles
Aberdeen Pittodrie Aberdeen 1.0 miles
Hearts Tynecastle Park Edinburgh 2.1 miles
St Johnstone Mcdiarmid Park Perth 2.4 miles
Livingston Tony Macaroni Arena Livingston 1.4 miles
Hibernian Easter Road Edinburgh 1.2 miles
Motherwell Fir Park Motherwell 0.2 miles
Hamilton New Douglas Park Hamilton 0.4 miles
St Mirren St Mirren Park Paisley 0.4 miles
Dundee Dens Park Dundee 1.1 miles
Ross County Global Energy Stadium Dingwall 0.4 miles
Ayr Somerset Park Ayr 1.1 miles
Dundee United Tannadice Park Dundee 1.1 miles
Inverness CT Tulloch Caledonian Stadium Inverness 1.5 miles
Greenock Morton Cappielow Park Greenock 2.3 miles
Queen of the South Palmerston Park Dumfries 1.2 miles
Dunfermline East End Park Dunfermline 0.6 miles
Alloa Indodrill Stadium Alloa 0.6 miles
Partick Thistle Firhill Stadium Glasgow 1.6 miles
Falkirk Falkirk Stadium Falkirk 1.5 miles

The average walking distance from a city/town centre to a Scottish football ground is 1.3 miles for the two top tiers.  The proposed Kingsford site is 6.7 miles from Aberdeen City centre and has no supporting transport infrastructure (no trams, no trains and no plans for any either).

To get the application through the city council, the club engineered a Bus Shuttle Strategy that everyone knows is unworkable and cannot realistically be delivered.  We’ll post something covering this strategy in more detail shortly.

Walking distance to Scottish Stadia from their respective city centres

It makes no sense to put a stadium so far from the city when there are already two identified sites for the development in local plans: Kings Links, in the heart of the city (which already has a viable business case) and Loirston Loch (which was granted planning consent).  Just another reason Kingsford is so wrong for the community, supporters and the city.


Support for the “No Kingsford Stadium Campaign” can now be given by donating to NKS/WAEPAL.  Your donations will be used to support the NO Kingsford Stadium Campaign.

STEP 1:  Complete a WAEPAL GiftAid form at https://waepal.org.uk/why-claim-gift-aid/

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STEP 2: Donate via Online Banking:

Bank: Royal Bank of Scotland

Sort Code: 83-15-31

Account Number: 19086195

 

Or send a cheque payable to West Aberdeen Environmental Protection Association Limited to:

West Aberdeen Environmental Protection Association Limited

Westhill Business Centre

Endeavour Dr, Arnhall Business Park

Westhill AB32 6UF

The methods above are the most tax and cost efficient.  You can also give by online with PayPal:

https://paypal.me/waepal

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STEP 3: Keep in touch

Please then send an email to WAEPAL (info@waepal.org.uk) as notification of your donation so that we can keep you informed of developments.

West Aberdeen Environmental Protection Association Limited is a Charity registered in Scotland SC048568

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