Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

SHARKS OFFER TO BUY AJ BELL GROUND [City Region]

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

SHARKS OFFER TO BUY AJ BELL GROUND [City Region]

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SALE are bidding to buy the AJ Bell Stadium and say that, if they are unsuccessful, they will build their own.

The Sharks currently pay a rent for use of the stadium they share with Super League neighbours Salford Red Devils but owner Simon Orange says they have made an offer to the stadium company.

"We're in negotiations at the minute and, if we can't buy this stadium, then we're going to have to build our own because we have got to own and control our own destiny," said Orange, speaking at the Premiership club's pre-season media day.

"We've made an offer but it's still early stages. I can't go into detail but the offer we've made we think is above what it's worth."

Sale moved out of their old Heywood Road ground and into the purpose-built stadium when it was opened in 2012 with the aid of an initial £22m loan from Salford city council, who last week approved an additional loan of £632,000. …

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