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DUNDEE DREAM OF MOVE TO NEW STADIUM

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DUNDEE FC’s Managing Director, John Nelms has revealed that the Tayside club could be playing at a new stadium as soon as 2020.

Nelms is hoping that the club will be able to develop a 29 acre piece of land near Camperdown Park into a stadium, training base and community centre.

“We wouldn’t have bought the land if we didn’t think we could do it.

“We’ve been working on that for over a year now. We’ve put a lot of financial resources in and time, and we’ll continue to do so until we get to a conclusion.

“The public process has started. On Friday we submitted more documents to the city council. Ideally we’d like to start in the 19/20 season but I don’t think that’s realistic. Probably the winter of 19/20 or the beginning of the 20/21 season.”

In an interview with BBC Scotland, Nelms was coy on the details of the plan but did disclose some fundamentals of what would be included in the new project.

“We try not to speak about things until we get them in motion, so we haven’t really been talking about it a lot. The public meeting that we’ll have on September 22nd will bring to light a lot of what our intentions are.

“Behind the scenes we’ll keep grinding away and hopefully we’ll come away with a stadium and a fantastic development that helps feed the whole machine.

“It gives Dundee Football Club a training ground and a home for all of our kids to develop through all the way through to the first team. It gives us a place where we can expand our community department from where it is at the moment.

“It becomes a facility we can use seven days a week. Just now we don’t utilise this facility (Dens Park) very often, maybe 20-25 times a year. We do very little when it comes to commercial activities within the building.

“That’s just not sustainable, especially in a ground that costs us nearly £300,000 a year just to keep it standing.”

Dundee have played their games at Dens Park since 1899 and baring a renovation in 1998, the ground remains vastly the same as it was when it was opened.

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