£10m City Ground deal offered in major Nottingham Forest stadium twist

Recent Nottingham Forest updates from NottinghamshireLive report a development in the club’s stadium situation. Nottingham Forest may have the chance to secure the land beneath the City Ground for approximately £10 million. This opportunity arises from an offer made by Nottingham City Council, as confirmed by City council leader David Mellen to The Athletic. The proposed deal would grant Forest ownership of the land, ensuring greater control over the stadium’s future without the need for ongoing negotiations with the council as the landlord.Nottingham Forest's City Ground

During a recent Premier League match against Chelsea, Forest fans voiced their support for the City Ground, expressing discontent with the suggested alternative site in Toton. However, the club is contemplating a relocation due to unresolved issues with the council regarding rent and lease terms. This potential move would require Forest to abandon their previous plans to revamp the City Ground and expand its capacity, initially announced in 2019.

Chairman Tom Cartledge indicated ongoing assessments of various alternative locations, including Toton, emphasizing the need for thorough evaluation. Meanwhile, club owner Marinakis hinted at ambitious plans for Forest, mentioning aspirations for a “big stadium” and a new training center in an interview with BBC Sport. The specifics, whether this entails constructing a new stadium or renovating the existing one, remain unclear.

Currently, Forest holds a lease on the City Ground site for the next 33 years, with discussions for a new 250-year lease at a standstill. The council is reportedly proposing to increase the rent from £250,000 to £1 million, adding to the complications in negotiations between the parties.

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