HULL LOOK TO REDEVELOP KC STADIUM

Hull City Football Club has unveiled plans to transform the city’s KC football stadium into a £100 million sports village.

Tigers’ owner Assem Allam hopes to build a complex that includes a hotel, sports facilities and a multi-story car park around the club’s current KC Stadium. He is also considering the options of building a similar complex on the back of a new 40,000-capacity stadium at Melton.

Before any redevelopment could start the club would need to purchase the KC Stadium off Hull City Council. Allam told the Yorkshire Post: “I want to do this for the community. The idea behind the sports village is that it will become a day out for the whole family.

"People of all ages will be able to come and play here. I want to see our younger generation only go home to eat and sleep, rather than hanging around on street corners."

The Hull City owner completed a £40million takeover of the club last year and has an reported personal fortune of £150million. He has hired architects The Miller Partnership to draft two sets of proposals.

Allam would prefer to increase the capacity at the KC Stadium to 35,000 and build the sports village around it at a cost of £114million. The Melton proposal would cost around £161million and would involve building a new stadium on land east of Brickyard Lane.

The club is waiting to see the Council’s reaction to the proposals.

Posted on 04/05/2011