Aberdeen’s two universities have backed a football club’s plans to build a new stadium, saying the opportunity is too good to miss.
Sir Ian Diamond, principal and vice-chancellor of the University of Aberdeen, and Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski, principal and vice-chancellor of Robert Gordon University, have given the project their backing.
Prof von Prondzynski said: “This is an opportunity for Aberdeen FC to move beyond standard practice to develop something exceptional, ahead of the competition.
“Aberdeen shouldn’t settle for something that is merely good.
“It should go for something that is extraordinary, allowing the whole community to be leaders.”
Sir Ian, who is also chairman of British Universities and Colleges Sport, agreed the project would be beneficial for the area.
He said: “Building best in class sports venues and facilities for a wide range of sporting events and providers presents real economic opportunities for the North-east.”
Opponents to the scheme say the stadium is in the wrong place as it falls within designated green belt land, and also queried the Dons’ plans to deal with transport issues.
Aberdeen City Council is due to make a decision on the plans on Monday.