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MP says plans for new Riders stadium are 'exciting'

Leicester South MP Jon Ashworth said the plans for the new Leicester Riders stadium are "very exciting".

Leicester South MP Jon Ashworth Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive

"It's good that this is a project which involves younger people, and linking up with the cricket club and Riders is very exciting," he said.

"It will bring money and jobs into this area, so it seems a good idea to me."

Leicester Riders' director says 'new venue is a must'

Proposals for a new 2,000-seat arena for the Leicester Riders have been planned in time for the team's next season.

The £2.5 million stadium will be used as a link-up between the Riders, Leicestershire County Cricket Club and Leicester College.

The lease on the team's current home ends at the end of the season, Riders director Kevin Routledge said:

This venue is an absolute must for us, so we are determined to make sure it happens.

We are going to deliver this venue, there are no ifs or buts about it, we will be building this venue here at Grace Road this year. We have to deliver it, it is crucial for the future of Leicester Riders.

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Leicester Riders to move to new £2.5 million stadium

Leicester Riders are expecting to move into a new £2.5m stadium next season.

It is hoped the 2,000 seat arena will link-up the Riders, Leicstershire County Cricket Club and Leicester College.

Leicester Riders with their first trophy in 12 years Credit: ITV News Central

The leasing on their current stadium at De Montfort ended at the end of the season leaving them homeless.

Residents near the proposed stadium are concerned about potential noise pollution and constant traffic on match-days.

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Leicester Riders gear up for basketball final

Leicester Riders Credit: ITV News Central

Leicester Riders have today been putting in last minute training ahead of their BBL final against Newcastle Eagles this Sunday.

The team, which is the oldest in the UK, hopes to finish this season with a trophy.

Leicester Riders were runners up last year and won the British Basketball League in 2001.

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