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 Post subject: "We just don’t know what’s going to happen now"
PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2009 11:12 pm 
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so says Ian Ross, following on Hancock's guess at a Labour party conference announcement.....

Retailers investing in mixed-use sports stadia face challenges

September 4, 2009 | By Sara McCorquodale

As development opportunities dry up, retailers are investing in mixed-use sports stadia.
But, as Sara McCorquodale finds, getting such projects off the ground isn’t easy.

Even after funding is sourced and planning permission has been granted by local authorities,
forces can still intervene and make the development seem like a pipe dream – as Everton is all too aware.

The Merseyside club has been working with Tesco to leave rundown ground Goodison Park
and move to a new stadium in Kirkby. However, a public inquiry by the government has
left the club and retailer in limbo.

Everton head of public relations Ian Ross says:

“We just don’t know what’s going to happen now.
If it’s good news we think it will be announced at the Labour Party Conference this week*.
If it’s not a positive then, we will expect the worst.

We’re not one of those clubs that has a billionaire owner and I just don’t know how we
could do this without financial backing.

“We’ve worked hand in hand with Tesco to make this happen. It really has been a team effort.
And Terry Leahy’s an Everton season ticket holder, which is nice.
We are just hoping the Government’s decision goes our way, this is the only option we have.” ... 42.article

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