Councillors Green-Light Aberdeen's Red Stadium

Last updated : 24 February 2011 By Stand Free Ed

ABERDEEN FC has received the go-ahead from local councillors to build a new £40 million stadium.

Councillors voted 23 votes to 17 to support the plans for the 21,000-seat venue at Loirston Loch in the south of the city.

The stadium will replace the Dons' current home at Pittodrie, although concerns have been raised about potential parking and transport issues.

Planners had already recommended approval for the stadium, which will be lit at night by a red glow and is set to include a gym, a club shop, museum and supporters' bar.

Scottish ministers will have the final say on the project, which would end the Dons' century-long stay at Pittodrie.

Aberdeen CEO Duncan Fraser said: "Naturally we are delighted the elected members within Aberdeen City Council have taken on board the recommendations of their colleagues in the planning department.

"However, I would stress while this is an important step in terms of Aberdeen FC’s move towards a new home, there remains a tremendous amount of work to be done before our vision becomes a reality."

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