Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

ACES ON HIGH AS STADIUM IS IN PUBLIC EYE ; Plans for National Speedway Centre Start to Gather Pace

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

ACES ON HIGH AS STADIUM IS IN PUBLIC EYE ; Plans for National Speedway Centre Start to Gather Pace

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BELLE Vue speedway boss David Gordon is delighted that plans for a National Speedway Stadium in Manchester have taken a 'massive step forward'.

The project, which Gordon and operations director Chris Morton launched in 2007, is at the centre of a public awareness exercise by the city council in the lead-up to the planning submission, which is expected later this month.

It represents another landmark in the ambitious plan to bring the new stadium to Manchester as an integral part of the Belle Vue Sports Village in Gorton.

Once one of the city's most popular leisure and tourism sites, the creation of the village will revive East Manchester's reputation as a major destination, while adding to its already impressive sport and leisure credentials.

The 6,000-capacity National Speedway Stadium, with its 1,800- seat grandstand, will allow the Belle Vue Aces to compete at the highest level of racing, while allowing the club to host not only national race meets but, as one of the best tracks in Europe, to also compete with major venues across the continent.

The new stadium will include a Speedway Academy, which will provide training and coaching for riders across a range of subjects, including riding, technical and mechanical skills taught in both a practical and classroom setting, and a state-of-theart acoustic barrier to reduce noise for the first time in the club's history.

Gordon and Morton have had to be patient while they have gone through a myriad of meetings to agree the finances and all the intricate detail involved in the project, which is an important part of the East Manchester Regeneration scheme.

Now the council have signalled they are ready to turn the throttle on the venture which will bring World Championship speedway to the city.

Gordon said: "It's terrific for Manchester, and Gorton in particular, as well as the sport of speedway, that the council have decided the time is right to take this initiative. …

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