Date:Tuesday November 21 2006
Press release from the Stadium Management Company:
The UK's leading regeneration and social housing specialist, Keepmoat plc has announced a long-term sponsorship deal with the Stadium Management Company - Doncaster that provides it with the naming rights for the new stadium on the £32 million community focused, Lakeside Sports Complex.
The new 15,000 all-seater ground and its facilities will be known as the Keepmoat Stadium with immediate effect as part of the agreement.
The agreement was signed today at the Keepmoat Stadium by David Blunt, Chief Executive of Keepmoat plc and Jeremy Milnes, Commercial Director of the Stadium Management Company.
Commenting on the sponsorship deal, Keepmoat's David Blunt said:
This new stadium and all its facilities are going to be a wonderful addition to the town and we were delighted to become involved.
'At Keepmoat our business is about regenerating and supporting communities and we believe that by being involved with this development, we can help make a difference to Doncaster. The Stadium Management Company has great plans for the future and shares our company's commitment to quality .
'Everyone at Keepmoat believes this is a great opportunity not just for us and the Stadium Management Company, but for Doncaster itself.'
Jeremy Milnes, Commercial Director of the Stadium Management Company, said:
Having a company of Keepmoat's reputation and calibre involved with the stadium is a major coup for Doncaster and reflects both the quality of this development and the outstanding facilities we have to offer. We are delighted to have them on board, as it is clear they share our desire and ambition to place the community at the heart of this development.
'From the main 15,000 all-seater stadium and all-weather pitches to the restaurant, athletics track and health and fitness club, this development will give everyone in Doncaster, and throughout the borough, the opportunity to use facilities that are amongst the best in the country.'
Based in Doncaster, Keepmoat plc is one of the UK's leading regeneration and social housing specialists and operates across Northern England and the Midlands, employing over 3,000 people. The company, and its three delivery brands Frank Haslam Milan, Bramall Construction and Haslam Homes, leads the industry with a delivery record that sees it transform over 34,000 homes each year, positively affecting the lives of over 100,000 residents.
It is deeply involved with the communities in which it works, creating and supporting projects both large and small. These range from helping the work of established local community projects to delivering safety talks to over 10,500 children.
The Stadium Management Company operates as a stand-alone commercial company and promotes the £32million development and its facilities. The Keepmoat Stadium, will be home to Doncaster's main sporting organisations: Doncaster Rovers FC, Doncaster Lakers Rugby league, Doncaster Belles FC and Doncaster Athletic Club.
In addition to the 15,000 all-seater ground, Keepmoat Stadium the Lakeside Sports Complex includes:
*A 350 seat restaurant
*Health and fitness club and martial arts centre
*Two external full-size floodlit grass pitches
*Eight floodlit all-weather five a side pitches
*Three floodlit all-weather seven-a-side pitches
*Car parks for 1,000 cars
*The Lakeside suite and supporters bar
*500-seater mini-stand and six-lane running track
*Outdoor amphitheatre for concerts and plays
On the 17th of December 2006, Mayor Martin Winter will lead a countdown to mark the official handover of the Keepmoat Stadium, and give residents the opportunity to tour the stadium between 1pm and 4pm.
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