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Joel Osborne


Posted Thursday, February 13th 2020

It's a game-changer for our programme - Kapoulas

Andreas Kapoulas believes the proposed 4,000-capacity Sports and Convention Centre at Ashton Gate will be a game-changer for Bristol Flyers.

Ashton Gate Chairman Martin Griffiths today unveiled the revised plans for the £100m project, which includes a 230-bedroom hotel, a 30,000 sq ft office building, a 165-unit residential development, a 550-space multi-storey car park, a gym and a museum for all the clubs across the Bristol Sport group.

The new proposals are expected to be submitted at the end of September and it is estimated that build time will be 18 months once full planning has been passed.

"We’ve been on this 15-year journey on and off the court and we’re constantly growing as a club,” said Kapoulas.

"The Sports and Convention Centre will support our long-term domestic and European ambitions and help us grow even further as a club. To be financially sustainable is our number one target as it will help us in terms of investment into our player recruitment and academy pathway.

"Developing talent for us is very important - we want more Bristol-born players to come through our youth programme and have the opportunity to play for the BBL team.

The revised plans were unveiled at this morning's Lansdown Club members event
"The journey has been fantastic from Division Three to the BBL so far. We need to remember that it’s a process and we can not think too far ahead, but our ultimate goal is to win a BBL Championship and take our club to the next level and play on the European stage.

"That’s definitely a big aim of ours and the new venue will certainly be a game-changer in terms of how we operate both on and off the court.”

A public exhibition of the plans will be held at Ashton Gate Stadium on 24 and 25 March.