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September 25 2017

Dundee FC invite public comment for future stadium vision
Members of the public are being invited to comment on plans by Dundee Football Club to build a 15,000 seat stadium at Camperdown Leisure Park, centerpiece of a larger development that would include a crematorium, shops, a hotel and homes.

A pre-application consultation has been held by LJR+H Architects at which plans to create up to 210 homes, restaurants, a gym and creche as well as 7,500sq/m of commercial floorspace were tabled.

In a statement the club observed: “The decision to move from the club’s historic home at Dens, is not being taken lightly, but is based on a growing awareness of the present and future limitations of the existing facilities at Dens Park, and their inability to support the evolving needs of a modern football club.

“The ideas outlined in the presentation will also reflect a need to anchor any proposals in a financial reality whereby the creation of a new stadium cannot occur in economic isolation, but must be supported by a robust and diverse range of income generating activities such as those explored on the indicative layouts.”

Opportunities to build a new football training facility and extend the existing ice rink are also being explored with Dundee City Council. Members of the public have until 16 October to express their views after which a full planning application will be filed.

Hearts and Aberdeen are also currently progressing plans for new stadiums.

9 Comments

Sir Ano
#1 Posted by Sir Ano on 26 Sep 2017 at 09:56 AM
2015-2016 average attendance at dens park 6.4K. This figure will be distorted by visiting old firm fans so their usual match day will probably be a good bit lower. I don't see how Dundee F.C. could possible justify a 15k seat stadium. Even 10K would be pretty optimistic.

Ground share anyone?

with an average attendance of 6K
Graeme McCormick
#2 Posted by Graeme McCormick on 26 Sep 2017 at 11:18 AM
Is there no place to build it near the city centre or Riverside and share with United. If near Riverside potential to have dedicated train stop
Stewart
#3 Posted by Stewart on 26 Sep 2017 at 11:52 AM
After attending the consultation a lot of my questions have been answered.

The stadium will be used for a lot more than football, it will be used for larger concerts - there are loads of small venues (400ish) in Dundee such as the Rep, Church, Gardyne Theatre. There are a number of medium size venues such as the Caird Hall (2500), there is also Slesser Gardens for larger concerts (9000) but this would fit 15000 people.

There is also conference space.

the new stadium will allow the club to make money throughout the week and not just every 2nd Saturday.

The City Centre would be great but I don't think there are any suitable sites with enough parking.
Richard
#4 Posted by Richard on 26 Sep 2017 at 12:18 PM
DFC won't be making any money from this development as they will not be the owners, merely tenants.
Robert Harley
#5 Posted by Robert Harley on 26 Sep 2017 at 16:23 PM
Re comments above - you don't base your capacity on average attendances, you should base it on maximum attendance (within reason). That's the only way your average will potentially increase. Dundee derbies get 11 or 12k, no?
Graeme McCormick
#6 Posted by Graeme McCormick on 27 Sep 2017 at 11:45 AM
Compare what is being developed in Finland in a city of a similar size, Tampere Central Deck And Arena. It includes an 11,000 indoor area and is a symbol of the city's confidence
Matt
#7 Posted by Matt on 27 Sep 2017 at 12:10 PM
Surely a city centre facility would be utilised more...and have a more civic and prosperous future. The only reason the parking is required is due to its location.
Are we seriously still promoting bland, car dependant peripheral development like this in 2017. I thought Dundee was more enlightened...
Trombe Wall
#8 Posted by Trombe Wall on 28 Sep 2017 at 13:04 PM
#7 totally agree. I love being able to walk to Dens. I would have thought only a new main stand is necessary and there must be a way to achieve this on the site. I wish the development well though, having an architect on board gives me confidence that the best outcome will be reached. Ultimately though, moving the team away from the fans cant be a good thing (maybe a fun travel plan has already been undertaken).
Mac Mac
#9 Posted by Mac Mac on 28 Sep 2017 at 16:08 PM
All the Dundee fans could probably fit in the proposed new housing development on the plans so that they could all still walk there rather than fitting into a mini bus together!! On a serious note, it is a shame that the city of Dundee could not have just one stadium that could be shared by both teams as per Munich and Milan?? #6, I agree - the Finns are a great nation.

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