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MK Dons announce plans to build new training ground at National Bowl venue

The National Bowl in Milton Keynes. Credit: ITV News Anglia

MK Dons have announced that they're hoping to build a new state-of-the-art training ground at the National Bowl music venue.

The open-air amphitheatre was built in the 1970s and has hosted several big concerts through the years.

The Dons have now reached an agreement with the local council to turn part of the site into their new training base.

The plans would include 12 football pitches, and would become a community hub with changing, fitness and medical facilities as well as classrooms.

The venue would also be used as an "enhanced hub for cycling", but would still continue to host gigs as well, the club said.

MK Dons are currently 11th in League One. Credit: PA

MK Dons Chairman, Pete Winkelman, said: “This is the biggest news for some years regarding the Football Club.

“The National Bowl is an iconic venue which has played host to some of the world’s biggest and best and we will do all we can to respect and nurture the site along with the support of the Milton Keynes Cycling Association.

"I am hugely grateful for the leadership shown by the Council and the due diligence of MKDP (Milton Keynes Development Partnership) in finding a solution that can provide us with the place, the time and the opportunity to deliver something really special – something which we ultimately believe will enhance the Bowl and the reputation of Milton Keynes as well as provide the vital missing link for the Football Club.”

Pete Marland, leader of Milton Keynes Council, added: “The MK Bowl and MK Dons are two iconic symbols of Milton Keynes. Bringing them together for the right deal is a no-brainer.

“The Dons will be able to ensure the facilities they need to be a more sustainable club in the long-term and compete with the best, while the Bowl is brought back to life, not just for the club, but for other activities, sports and concerts too. I’m really looking forward to working with Pete and the team and see their plans in more detail.”

The proposals are expected to be submitted early next year.