OXFORD PLAN TO PURCHASE KASSAM STADIUM

New Oxford United chairman Ian Lenagan has stated the club are hoping to buy the Kassam Stadium.

Lenegan, who owns the League 2 outfit, took over as chairman last week, replacing the departing Kelvin Thomas. And Lenegan is hoping to form a join-company with co-tenants London Welsh to buy the 12,500-capacity stadium from former U's chairman Firoz Kassam. 

"We want to buy the stadium, but you have to buy it at the right price and in the right circumstances," Lenagan said, "The link-up with the rugby club is a positive in that respect."

The businessman has experience of groundsharing with his rugby league side Wigan Warriors currently sharing the DW Stadium with Premier League football team Wigan Atheltic.

London Welsh will play in Oxford next season after they secured promotion to rugby union's top flight, which means they needed a venue that is good enough for the league's criteria.

Posted on 15/07/2012