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  1. You need to point out to him that Sheffield is a sister city of Pittsburgh and that effectively makes him a Wednesdayite.
  2. That what I was hoping for. They obviously won't keep winning it so time is running out for this core group. Amazing run though - 4 finals and 3 cups in 10 years!
  3. A proper GP last night (just watched it). Great racing throughout. Look's like I was a bit premature about Greg!
  4. Daring to Dream....... #LetsGoPens
  5. I've no idea to be honest. Forbes reckons their business plan is to achieve a group turnover of $8billion by 2020 through numerous acquisitions. It states they currently have revenues of $3.7billion so they've got some way to go. It doesn't mention profitability of the group, only the family wealth at $700million.
  6. Do you think so? I'm not so sure, as Lee Strafford's plans back in 2009-10 were initially budgeted at circa £25million from memory. If a phased redevelopment started with the West Stand there would basically be the lose of revenue from away fans initially. Lets say an average of 1,000 per game at £40 each, that's £40,000. £40,000 over let's say 26 home games (poor cup runs!) and you're looking at a loss of revenue of circa £1,040,000. Say the West Stand redevelopment started at the end of one season they'd be approx 13-14 months to complete the work. Dependi
  7. They'd better have a few vans.....might take a while
  8. If, and that's a big IF, they could find a suitable site in the city - I don't see one currently - they're probably looking somewhere in excess of £100million, depending on what they want to build. Forbes currently quotes the family wealth at $700million or £550million. That's a hell of chunk of the Chansiri family pot if they were to fund it directly.
  9. That's a good point and something I'd forgotten to mention is In terms of accessing Meadowhall and the Arena (and soon Ikea) Weedon Street is a very significant road. SCC Highways and therefore Planning would likely require significant upgrades to the existing road network to accommodate a stadium on that site. If indeed they would even allow it. Having been involved in the overall Ikea development I know the restrictions currently imposed on Weedon Street, especially around Christmas. The construction of the Ikea store required significant upgrades to the highways network as far a
  10. Plus it's worth noting that by redeveloping Hillsborough DC would be limiting his financial exposure. One stand at a time means a limited outlay, which could be curtailed if we tank and end up in League 1! Once you press the button on a new stadium, with costs likely to run to at least £100million+ you're committed to complete the project and move.
  11. That site was subject to wider Planning Application by British Land in 2009. That particular area of the scheme was due to be developed for residential use. Given that Outline Planning was granted and because it's used as overspill parking by Meadowhall I'll wager British Land own it. If that's the case then I dont see them selling it as the return on developing it, and the wider scheme which involves commercial development, will by significantly higher than I'd imagine would pay to build a stadium. And in any case, you'd still have remediation issues / cost
  12. But where would you propose? The area of land that the Keepmoat is built on is huge. Space wasn't an issue. The Keepmoat is substantially smaller than Hillsborough is now in terms of overall footprint. Plus there was already good infrastructure and means of access in place. There simply isn't a flat site anywhere in Sheffield that can accommodate the size of stadium footprint we would need.
  13. Acces is poor though and I would estimate it's not much bigger looking at Google Maps. Its also been used for industrial / manufacturing in the past so the ground will likely be heavily contaminated - which means it will be costly to remediate before anything can be built on it. Plus from memory the area isn't flat so it's a non-starter IMO.
  14. Whereabouts in Neepsend were you thinking? As with the training ground plot, access is poor and I couldn't see Planning being granted to be honest.
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