Dave Cormack

Dave Cormack Outlines Stadium Consultation Details

New Aberdeen FC Chairman, Dave Cormack has outlined some details about the consultation with supporters on the plans for the new Kingsford Stadium.

Speaking to the Evening Express, Mr Cormack said he wants to put Dons supporters at the centre of all decisions made relating to the features the 20,000 capacity ground will have.

Mr Cormack said: “The message we really want to get across to fans is that a great deal of care, effort and expertise is going into making this stadium the best it can be.

“We want to put the fans at the centre of the process. They want to hear safe standing is an option – and we believe absolutely it is because we want to encourage our active fans and bring back the atmosphere.”

The club’s commercial director Rob Wicks said existing planning rules limit what the stadium can look like.

He added: “What we’re saying is here is the box we’ve got to work in – we’ll get you the maximum possible rake we can and as many of the features you want that are possible within those limits.

“The consultation process will start in the next six months.”

Mr Cormack said: “We’ve allocated money for the process.

“We want to get to the stage where we’re showing people what the stadium can be.”

It is understood there will be an online survey and round-table discussions – including separate talks with disabled supporters and other interested groups.

Meanwhile, the stadium’s Project Director, Raymond Edgar confirmed they are working through the details of the planning conditions with Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council.

“As with any development of this scale, this process requires more detailed information and analysis, not available prior to planning being granted.

“It must also take account of other developments in the locality which have been approved since the consent for the stadium was granted and have a bearing on issues such as transport and traffic.

“We have also entered into discussions with the police and Stagecoach as their input, which is now required at this stage, will have an impact on our previous plans.”