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Cornish stadium set to go ahead after deal finally agreed

Cornish stadium set to go ahead after deal finally agreed

A long-mooted 6,000-capacity stadium in Truro is close to finally being built after a deal was agreed between Truro City Football Club, rugby union side Cornish Pirates and Truro and Penwith College.

The £10 million venue was first mooted seven years ago when the county council agreed to look into the idea, but with no funding available from the local authority and Truro City hatching a plan for its own stadium, the project has stalled and remained in doubt.

However, the football club's alternative plan of a new stadium at Silver Bow was declared unviable last month. At Present, Truro rent out the Treyew Road Stadium, but will have to leave later this year. Speaking to BBC Radio Cornwall about this development, chairman Peter Masters admitted: "I've got to say it is very worrying off-field and it is a distraction."

Now, however, the parties have got together and agreed a groundshare deal in principle. A spokesperson for the clubs and college said: "The joint agreement will enable the strong prospect of a stadium in Cornwall to finally be built, along with high grade community facilities and sports pitches.

"The community stadium will rival other similar venues currently found throughout the country, whilst at the same time protecting the long term future of both clubs and providing a first class education and training facility for the college."

Although more talks are needed to rubber stamp the deal, the prospect is now in place for the construction work to start in the summer. The college will provide 20 per cent of the funds and there are ambitions to eventually raise the capacity to 10,000. This will be 6,000 more than Pirates' current Mennaye Field ground in Penzance.

Despite having a population of 500,000 people, Cornwall has been a relative backwater in terms of team sports. It has never had a Premiership rugby club or a team in the Football League. This is in stark contrast with other counties in the south-west of England, including neighbouring Devon, which has Exeter Chiefs playing Premiership Rugby and three Football League clubs: Plymouth Argyle, Exeter City and Torquay United.

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