Clubs eye possibilities of buying Stadium

Preliminary discussions have taken place between Oxford United and London Welsh over the possibility of jointly purchasing the Kassam Stadium.

The two clubs will share the ground from this season as tenants of the Firoka Group, which owns the stadium and surrounding land.

The rugby club’s arrival this summer was seen by some as an extra obstacle to United’s long-term plans for buying the facilities.

But on the contrary, U’s owner Ian Lenagan believes it could help achieve the goal and early talks have been held between the clubs about a combined bid.

“If anything (the ground-share) makes it more positive,” he said.

“I can easily see a scenario where the stadium company that owns this ground might be say London Welsh and Oxford United.

“We have double the opportunity of income from the stadium then – stadiums these days, providing you put the investment into the pitch, you need to use them as often as possible and once every fortnight is not often enough.”

The added income from a second tenant could increase Firoz Kassam’s asking price, but Lenagan will remain patient.

He said: “Mr Kassam has his own ways. I think nothing will happen for a year, personally.

“Our ambitions are the same, but we’ll only buy the stadium at the right price with the right structure.”

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11:40am Sat 14 Jul 12

Joe1 says...

Yes indeed, if he can buy the ground jointly it makes a lot of sense. Get away from that blood sucker Kassam!!! Kassam has done really well from our club & the Manor. He now sucks us dry by increasing his charges at every opportunity.
I guess we must be patient & hopefully it will happen.

"COME ON YOU YELOWS"
Yes indeed, if he can buy the ground jointly it makes a lot of sense. Get away from that blood sucker Kassam!!! Kassam has done really well from our club & the Manor. He now sucks us dry by increasing his charges at every opportunity. I guess we must be patient & hopefully it will happen. "COME ON YOU YELOWS" Joe1

2:08pm Sat 14 Jul 12

mandate says...

Why bother buying the stadium for £13-15 millon? It would be better to build a new stadium for that kind of money.

Last season we were not in a position to put up a temporary extra 4th stand because of the increased trafic problems (parking and access). If we were to get into the Championship, our ground capacity would be too small. The 4th stand would have to be built. How would the trafic problems be resolved then?

I think both London Welsh and Oxford United should start to look for a better place to play their respective sports. The Kassam is not a stadium (lack of access) that would best suit the future ambitions of both clubs.

Many fans I know have absolutely no loyalty to Kassam or his incomplete 3 sided stadium. We would welcome a new stadium with open arms. It would be the start of a new era for the club and it's supporters.

If we were to stay at the Kassam, both clubs should make the Firoza group complete the 4th stand as part of the rental agreement. The wind that blows through the open end of the ground is an absolute nightmare during the winter months. It also kills off the atmosphere generated by the fans.
Why bother buying the stadium for £13-15 millon? It would be better to build a new stadium for that kind of money. Last season we were not in a position to put up a temporary extra 4th stand because of the increased trafic problems (parking and access). If we were to get into the Championship, our ground capacity would be too small. The 4th stand would have to be built. How would the trafic problems be resolved then? I think both London Welsh and Oxford United should start to look for a better place to play their respective sports. The Kassam is not a stadium (lack of access) that would best suit the future ambitions of both clubs. Many fans I know have absolutely no loyalty to Kassam or his incomplete 3 sided stadium. We would welcome a new stadium with open arms. It would be the start of a new era for the club and it's supporters. If we were to stay at the Kassam, both clubs should make the Firoza group complete the 4th stand as part of the rental agreement. The wind that blows through the open end of the ground is an absolute nightmare during the winter months. It also kills off the atmosphere generated by the fans. mandate

10:25pm Sat 14 Jul 12

mikek says...

mandate wrote:
Why bother buying the stadium for £13-15 millon? It would be better to build a new stadium for that kind of money.

Last season we were not in a position to put up a temporary extra 4th stand because of the increased trafic problems (parking and access). If we were to get into the Championship, our ground capacity would be too small. The 4th stand would have to be built. How would the trafic problems be resolved then?

I think both London Welsh and Oxford United should start to look for a better place to play their respective sports. The Kassam is not a stadium (lack of access) that would best suit the future ambitions of both clubs.

Many fans I know have absolutely no loyalty to Kassam or his incomplete 3 sided stadium. We would welcome a new stadium with open arms. It would be the start of a new era for the club and it's supporters.

If we were to stay at the Kassam, both clubs should make the Firoza group complete the 4th stand as part of the rental agreement. The wind that blows through the open end of the ground is an absolute nightmare during the winter months. It also kills off the atmosphere generated by the fans.
If you were to get into the Championship don't make me laugh dream on. Why not come down to a proper four sided ground this season and see a team that will storm Division 1. I would not worry about a football ground until you have a decent team first which could be a long wait. Forever in our shadows eat out dust as we leave you further behind.
[quote][p][bold]mandate[/bold] wrote: Why bother buying the stadium for £13-15 millon? It would be better to build a new stadium for that kind of money. Last season we were not in a position to put up a temporary extra 4th stand because of the increased trafic problems (parking and access). If we were to get into the Championship, our ground capacity would be too small. The 4th stand would have to be built. How would the trafic problems be resolved then? I think both London Welsh and Oxford United should start to look for a better place to play their respective sports. The Kassam is not a stadium (lack of access) that would best suit the future ambitions of both clubs. Many fans I know have absolutely no loyalty to Kassam or his incomplete 3 sided stadium. We would welcome a new stadium with open arms. It would be the start of a new era for the club and it's supporters. If we were to stay at the Kassam, both clubs should make the Firoza group complete the 4th stand as part of the rental agreement. The wind that blows through the open end of the ground is an absolute nightmare during the winter months. It also kills off the atmosphere generated by the fans.[/p][/quote]If you were to get into the Championship don't make me laugh dream on. Why not come down to a proper four sided ground this season and see a team that will storm Division 1. I would not worry about a football ground until you have a decent team first which could be a long wait. Forever in our shadows eat out dust as we leave you further behind. mikek

11:07pm Sat 14 Jul 12

jallie2 says...

mitek, you have a smalll mind, support a small club so why dont you just clear off
mitek, you have a smalll mind, support a small club so why dont you just clear off jallie2

11:15pm Sat 14 Jul 12

jallie2 says...

Some great points made there mandate, have to agree with everything you said,
as much as I love the club, the Kassam just doesnt have the same feel about it as other new stadia, parking and the congestion is embarassing.
Some great points made there mandate, have to agree with everything you said, as much as I love the club, the Kassam just doesnt have the same feel about it as other new stadia, parking and the congestion is embarassing. jallie2

5:11pm Sun 15 Jul 12

Unitedwestand81 says...

I'm guessing you can't remember the problems we had getting the land and planning permission etc in the first place before we got this ground?

It would take so long to do again that ka$$am would probably kick us out and then we'd have no ground at all.
I'm guessing you can't remember the problems we had getting the land and planning permission etc in the first place before we got this ground? It would take so long to do again that ka$$am would probably kick us out and then we'd have no ground at all. Unitedwestand81

6:02pm Sun 15 Jul 12

mikek says...

jallie2 wrote:
mitek, you have a smalll mind, support a small club so why dont you just clear off
Now now jealous are we my mind may be small and my club may be small compared to say Manchester City but we are certainly bigger than the Pox and yes I will clear off all the way to the championship with STFC, adios.
[quote][p][bold]jallie2[/bold] wrote: mitek, you have a smalll mind, support a small club so why dont you just clear off[/p][/quote]Now now jealous are we my mind may be small and my club may be small compared to say Manchester City but we are certainly bigger than the Pox and yes I will clear off all the way to the championship with STFC, adios. mikek

3:00pm Mon 16 Jul 12

karatavuk says...

mikek wrote:
mandate wrote:
Why bother buying the stadium for £13-15 millon? It would be better to build a new stadium for that kind of money.

Last season we were not in a position to put up a temporary extra 4th stand because of the increased trafic problems (parking and access). If we were to get into the Championship, our ground capacity would be too small. The 4th stand would have to be built. How would the trafic problems be resolved then?

I think both London Welsh and Oxford United should start to look for a better place to play their respective sports. The Kassam is not a stadium (lack of access) that would best suit the future ambitions of both clubs.

Many fans I know have absolutely no loyalty to Kassam or his incomplete 3 sided stadium. We would welcome a new stadium with open arms. It would be the start of a new era for the club and it's supporters.

If we were to stay at the Kassam, both clubs should make the Firoza group complete the 4th stand as part of the rental agreement. The wind that blows through the open end of the ground is an absolute nightmare during the winter months. It also kills off the atmosphere generated by the fans.
If you were to get into the Championship don't make me laugh dream on. Why not come down to a proper four sided ground this season and see a team that will storm Division 1. I would not worry about a football ground until you have a decent team first which could be a long wait. Forever in our shadows eat out dust as we leave you further behind.
Everyone laughs at the Town End. What a joke of a stand that is.
The other end is just seating with no cover. Even Accrington's ground is better.

Get a decent stadium before you start criticising others.
[quote][p][bold]mikek[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mandate[/bold] wrote: Why bother buying the stadium for £13-15 millon? It would be better to build a new stadium for that kind of money. Last season we were not in a position to put up a temporary extra 4th stand because of the increased trafic problems (parking and access). If we were to get into the Championship, our ground capacity would be too small. The 4th stand would have to be built. How would the trafic problems be resolved then? I think both London Welsh and Oxford United should start to look for a better place to play their respective sports. The Kassam is not a stadium (lack of access) that would best suit the future ambitions of both clubs. Many fans I know have absolutely no loyalty to Kassam or his incomplete 3 sided stadium. We would welcome a new stadium with open arms. It would be the start of a new era for the club and it's supporters. If we were to stay at the Kassam, both clubs should make the Firoza group complete the 4th stand as part of the rental agreement. The wind that blows through the open end of the ground is an absolute nightmare during the winter months. It also kills off the atmosphere generated by the fans.[/p][/quote]If you were to get into the Championship don't make me laugh dream on. Why not come down to a proper four sided ground this season and see a team that will storm Division 1. I would not worry about a football ground until you have a decent team first which could be a long wait. Forever in our shadows eat out dust as we leave you further behind.[/p][/quote]Everyone laughs at the Town End. What a joke of a stand that is. The other end is just seating with no cover. Even Accrington's ground is better. Get a decent stadium before you start criticising others. karatavuk

8:08pm Tue 17 Jul 12

Chish and Fips says...

Town End development - watch this space ......missing Fourth stand at Poxford carry on looking at that space.
Town End development - watch this space ......missing Fourth stand at Poxford carry on looking at that space. Chish and Fips

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