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New West Stand Named The Lansdown Stand

The new West Stand at Ashton Gate has been named as The Lansdown Stand.

In a private ceremony ahead of Bristol City’s opening game of the Sky Bet Championship 2016/17 season, members of the Lansdown family and board members of Bristol City, Bristol Rugby and Bristol Sport gathered together to see the new West Stand officially unveiled.

Keith Dawe, Bristol City chairman, said: “It is an historic moment for all of us to see the dream of a ‘new’ Ashton Gate finally become a reality. Thanks to the vision and generosity of the Lansdown family we have a home that we can truly be proud of.

"My mission is for City to achieve promotion to the Premier League and we now have a stadium that reflects that ambition.”

Bristol Rugby chairman and Bristol Sport director Chris Booy OBE said: “The directors of the two clubs here and Bristol Sport were unanimous in their strength of feeling that this new stand should be named after you and your family.

"It is in recognition of everything you have done, not only for the clubs but also their supporters and the people of the city and beyond who now have access to a truly magnificent venue.

“One of your main characteristics is your humility and at the beginning of this project you said ‘If anyone names anything after me, I will sack them’, well you have to sack all of us, including your wife and son who have both supported this decision!

“In respect of the rugby club, we would not even be in existence without your support, let alone about to be playing in the Premiership here in this magnificent stadium. Thank you”

The newly named double-tiered stand was revealed before kick-off on Saturday.

Bristol Sport chairman Martin Griffiths, the man who has overseen the £45m rebuild of Ashton Gate, added: “The Lansdown family’s generosity in making the finance available to build this stadium is extraordinary. It is an important moment for the whole of Bristol to see such a facility come alive and it has been my privilege to play a part in that story."