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    05 July, 2006

    Plaid Cymru want to delay City stadium

    Yesterday there was a call by Plaid Cymru in the National Assembly for the new Cardiff City stadium to incorporate a Commonwealth Games standard athletic track. This would obviously delay the building of the stadium by years. Plaid Cymru's Sports spokesman said in the Assembly that the Cardiff City stadium could incorporate a running track in support of a Commonwealth Games bid some years down the line.

    Owen John Thomas: Cardiff City Football Club is building a new stadium with a maximum capacity of 30,000 seats. With this in view, requiring a stadium with a capacity of 40,000, perhaps it could look to build a bigger stadium with a running track.

    In fact, the next Commonwealth games are due to be held in Delhi in 2010. A Cardiff bid would not take place until 2014 at the earliest.

    Plaid Cymru clearly have no idea how long it takes to develop major sports facilities. Adding a new Commonwealth Games standard athletics track would delay the building of the stadium by years. Plaid Cymru have demonstrated that they are completely out of touch with the aspirations of Cardiff City fans for a new stadium. It's yet another own goal from Plaid Cymru.

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