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New ownership could revive Booker stadium plans
THE company charged with selling Wasps believe a new stadium remains 'completely viable'.
Club owner Steve Hayes announced this morning that Wasps were for sale and Baker Tilly to search worldwide for a buyer.
Jim Clifford, Corporate Finance partner at Baker Tilly said: “London Wasps is a club which needs the highest quality facilities to ensure sustained success and a commercially viable business and there are plans here for a world-class stadium which remains completely viable for this club under new ownership.
"Many great brands with great potential for relevance to a wider community remain underexploited. Wasps need not be one of them.”
Meanwhile, Hayes said: “I remain disappointed that Wycombe District Council withdrew its support for the Sporting Village project earlier this year.
"Since that time I have been working with the London Wasps board to evaluate the best steps forward for the club.
"I fully believe that a new stadium for Wasps is essential in the coming years as we have always said that Adams Park was unsustainable as a long term option.
"I will work with any potential owners to develop the Sporting Village model we had already come up with at an alternative location.”
This news comes just hours after Wanderers attracted 931 fans to Adams Park for a cup tie.
However, if Wasps are under new ownership their ties to Wanderers could be severed and it could turn out that Wanderers remain at Adams Park while Wasps move away, either to a new stadium in Wycombe or to a new town.
UPDATED at 5.35pm: Wasps spokesman Alison Donnelly moved to clarify Baker Tilly’s statement.
She said the sports village proposals are still viable but any plan is "unlikely" to be for Booker.