1. ITV Report

Could Torquay United be getting a new stadium?

The club has allegedly been in talks with an American development company and Plainmoor landlords, Torbay Council. Photo: PA

Torquay United have been in talks with an American development company and Torbay Council over an ambitious potential new stadium scheme in the Barton area of the town.

The Gulls say that if negotiations go well they could be moving into a new £7.5 million stadium.

They would be leaving their home of 105 years, but the plans are in the early stages of development.

The location of United's possible new home. Credit: ITV West Country

The new stadium would boast a 4G all-weather pitch and an initial capacity of 6,000. It could be built as early as the 2017-2018 season.

The new ground, to be called the 'Riviera Stadium', will be on part of a 42-acre site between the Willows retail and residential area and Torbay Crematorium as detailed in the map above.

Chairman David Phillips says plans could be underway very soon.

We are well aware that we are 9/1 on to go down at the moment, although there's a long way to go and we are doing everything we can to stay up, but a development like this is the only way for the club to be self-sustainable.

We were approached about two months ago by the American company, and I didn't take it that seriously at the time.

But they were very persistent, they kept coming back and now we have put the company and the Council together.

Once they start talking, the ball should be rolling pretty fast.

– David Phillips, Chairman of Torquay United

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