Sta­dium bill rises by £1m

Aberdeen FC boosts bud­get for pitches at pro­posed Kings­ford site

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - NEWS - BY JON HEBDITCH

Aberdeen FC bosses have con­firmed they are set­ting aside an ex­tra mil­lion pounds to com­plete their train­ing fa­cil­i­ties at the new Kings­ford Sta­dium.

Club chair­man Ste­wart Milne said the bud­get for the pitches and acad­emy had been in­creased from around £10.5 mil­lion to £11.5m with ex­tra in­vest­ment for new pitches de­signed to ri­val those of the English Pre­mier League.

Money has also been set aside for the im­pend­ing le­gal chal­lenge on the de­vel­op­ment – al­though the club did not re­veal how much.

He said: “We’re mak­ing fur­ther in­vest­ment to en­sure we de­liver the best pos­si­ble fa­cil­i­ties with the high­est de­sign and tech­ni­cal spec­i­fi­ca­tions.

“This in­cludes ad­di­tional grass pitches for the com­mu­nity, an up­graded spec for the 3G pitches, com­plete with ir­ri­gation, and com­pa­ra­ble with the new Na­tional Train­ing Cen­tre in Ed­in­burgh, and a hy­brid sur­face with un­der­soil heat­ing on one of the pro­fes­sional pitches, equiv­a­lent to what is be­ing in­stalled by the top clubs in Eng­land.” A man has been ar­rested af­ter two women were stabbed out­side a ho­tel in Ed­in­burgh.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened by the Apex City of Ed­in­burgh Ho­tel in the Grass­mar­ket in the early hours of yes­ter­day.

A man who came to the women’s aid was also stabbed.

Po­lice Scot­land said a 38-year-old man has been ar­rested in con­nec­tion with two at­tempted mur­ders and a se­ri­ous as­sault.

He is ex­pected to ap­pear at Ed­in­burgh Sher­iff Court on Fri­day.

The women, aged 58 and 60, and the 37-yearold man re­ceived treat­ment at the Royal In­fir­mary of Ed­in­burgh fol­low­ing the at­tack, which took place at around 3.35am.

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