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Doncaster Council could sell Keepmoat Stadium

Doncaster Council could sell the Keepmoat Stadium in a bid to cut costs, a report suggests.

The authority revealed it has lost more than £2.5m since it opened in 2006.

A scrutiny reportwritten by the council's director of finance suggests a number of options, including new management or selling it off.

Earlier this year Mayor Peter Davies said they needed to find a solution "that does not involve ratepayers having their pockets picked".

In the report, Simon Wiles, director of finance for Doncaster Council, said the authority could either sell the stadium, continue with its operators, Stadium Management Company (SMC) or to find a new operator.

The report suggests Doncaster Rovers as a suitable company to replace SMC, as it currently holds a 25 year lease to use the stadium.

As part of its next step, Mr Wiles said a consultation will take place throughout April with stadium users.

Earlier this year the council approved a grant of £170,000 to help keep the 15,000-seater stadium afloat.

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