August hope for stadium switchover

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DONCASTER Rovers are still waiting to take control of the Keepmoat Stadium after the original target date to complete the takeover passed.

It was originally hoped a deal could be completed by July 1 - but that has now been put back to August.

Mayor of Doncaster Peter Davies said: “We’re working hard to formalise and agree all of the elements of the deal that would see the Rovers have long-term operational control of the stadium.

“I expect the final details of these proposals to be considered by me and my cabinet members on August 1.”

A spokesman for Doncaster Council said there it was just a case of sorting out the complex paperwork and legal documents.

The publicly-funded Keepmoat cost £32 million to build. The land valued at around £25m was also handed over by the council.

Council documents recommended Rovers’ lease on the stadium and on their Cantley Park training ground be extended to 99 years, in return for which the club would be paying £100,000 a year rent.

The council would still own the land and stadium and cover the £75,000 insurance, but Rovers would carry out the day-to-day running of the ground and car park.

The club will take any profit or loss from ticket sales and income from car boot sales, gyms and office space - currently standing at annual losses of £250,000.