Forest stadium plans in World Cup bid

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Nottingham Forest are set to unveil plans for a new stadium in the hope it will boost the city's bid to host World Cup football.

Club officials will meet with representatives from the Football Association where they will present plans for a 45,000 all-seater stadium in the Gamston area of Nottingham, less than a mile from their City Ground home.

Forest chief executive Mark Arthur said: "We have been working tirelessly together with its partners at Rushcliffe Borough Council, Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council to refine the prospective World Cup stadium proposals in advance of the latest round of FA World Cup inspections to potential host cities."

England hope to stage the World Cup in either 2018 or 2022 and Forest chief executive Mark Arthur insists a new stadium is a must if Nottingham is to be considered as a host city.

Arthur added: "After exhaustive studies of the existing City Ground and how redevelopment of both temporary and permanent new facilities could take place on such a restricted site, the bid team have concluded, with the FA, that it is impossible to transform the ground into a fully compliant FIFA stadium fit to host World Cup matches.

"Therefore, the club have sought to further evolve their plans for a 'new build' FIFA compliant stadium. The 'new stadium' concept represents the very opportunity to meet FIFA requirements, provide a magnificent legacy for Rushcliffe and Greater Nottingham, but at the same time recognising the sensitivities and concerns of local communities."

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