DONCASTER ROVERS MAY TAKE CONTROL OF KEEPMOAT STADIUM

Doncaster Rovers Football Club could take over the management of the Keepmoat Stadium if the Council agrees to the recommendation of officers.

The 15,321-seater stadium is believed to have lost more than £2 million since opening in 2006 leading the director of finance at Doncaster Council to advise transferring control of the £32m stadium to Doncaster Rovers. The deal would see the club pay rent to the authority. 

The stadium was built and funded by Doncaster Council, but is run separately by the Stadium Management Company (SMC) which the council owns. Finance director Simon Wiles has stated that the venue is a continuing drain on the authority's finances and by March 2012 had lost £2.1m.

Wiles has suggested in a report that the only "viable" solution is to wind up the SMC and give management control, usage rights and security of tenure to Doncaster Rovers or risk facing an annual bill of £300,000, year on year.

Councillors will consider the report on 23 May.

Posted on 18/05/2012