Cambridge United confirm talks with Marshall over future stadium location
Cambridge United FC has confirmed today (Wednesday, May 29) that preliminary talks have taken place with Marshall on a potential future stadium location.
Earlier this month, Marshall announced plans to relocate its aerospace and defence business, and Cambridge Airport, which could pave the way for a development of 12,000 homes.
Speaking on behalf of the Cambridge United board, director Ian Mather said: “Cambridge United is pleased to confirm that the club is now in discussion with Marshall and other key stakeholders about the possibility of including a new stadium in the plans for the area.
“This is in addition to the announcement at the AGM that we are working with Marshall and Hill to establish a new training centre on the Marleigh development which is now under way on adjoining land to the north of Newmarket Road.
“The board is obviously very grateful for the chance to explore this potential opportunity and it is our hope that Cambridge United could be part of the exciting vision to transform this part of the city with the club remaining in the Abbey Ward.
“We all recognise that we are at the very start of talks and there is a long way to go before this ambition could be realised. There are also obviously a host of questions that people will have to which we clearly don’t have answers at the moment.
“It would also not be appropriate to give a running commentary on these future discussions as we don’t want expectations to get ahead of the reality. Equally we do recognise the importance of this to our fans and the need to be transparent so we will endeavour to update everyone as and if things develop further over the months ahead.”
Marshall confirmed on May 14 that it was intending to move Marshall Aerospace Defence Group, which has secured a number of big contracts recently but is physically constrained on its current site off Newmarket Road.
It has earmarked Duxford or Wyton in Cambridgeshire, or Cranfield in Bedfordshire, as potential new locations for the company, with a move expected by 2030.
The move would be funded by the sale of Cambridge Airport land for development, with Marshall suggesting there is space for 12,000 homes and five million square feet of business and commercial space.