Bristol Flyers basketball club have revealed comprehensive plans for a new home as part of a £100m development to extend the footprint of Ashton Gate Stadium.
The centrepiece of the proposed development is the Ashton Gate Sports & Convention Centre - a 4000-capacity venue which will provide a permanent home for the Flyers. The proposal also includes additional housing, offices and a multi-storey car park along with two hotels.
BASKETBALL IS COMING TO BS3! 🏠
Introducing the Ashton Gate Sports & Convention Centre. pic.twitter.com/PpWa8B58ej
— Bristol Flyers (@BristolFlyers) September 18, 2018
Flyers head coach Andreas Kapoulas said: "This is a tremendous moment for Flyers basketball and one which will secure our long-term future.
"We’re entering our fifth season in the British Basketball League and we have built our reputation both on and off the court.
"Last season’s sell-out crowds at SGS College have shown us that there is a real appetite for basketball in Bristol and it is wonderful that we can now look forward to playing in a brand new venue in the next few years, which will support our long-term ambitions for domestic and European success."
The announcement sees the start of an extensive consultation process.
Chairman of Ashton Gate, Martin Griffiths added: "We are pleased to be able to reveal these plans. It has been more than two years in the planning to ensure that Phase II of Ashton Gate’s redevelopment into a city quarter focused on sport and entertainment was indeed viable, sustainable and most importantly achievable.
"Following the successful £45m transformation of Ashton Gate Stadium, on-time and on-budget, it was always the aspiration to develop it further to give our basketball team, the Flyers, a permanent and secure playing home, right here in BS3.
"The Flyers sold out every home game of the 17/18 season, and this new facility will provide their pathway to sustainability. The new Sports and Convention Centre will also provide much needed space for the growth of a broad range of community based sports, run by our group of charities based at Ashton Gate."
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