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Bristol Rovers Football Club (BRFC) has finalised the legal agreements for a proposed new stadium with the University of West England (UWE) and supermarket chain Sainsbury's.

A 20,000-seat ground with "extensive" club shop; a banqueting and hospitality suite; a gym; and a jogging track is to be built on land near the university's Frenchay campus in Bristol.

Teaching space for the university and a convenience store will also form part of the Arturus-designed project, in addition to a Sainsbury's superstore at the club's existing Memorial Ground site.

Plans for the stadium will be submitted to South Gloucestershire Council and for the planned supermarket development to Bristol City Council, following a consultation in early 2012.

In addition to providing a new home stadium for the npower League Two club, Bristol Rugby Club has also been offered the opportunity to relocate to the venue when complete.

BRFC chair Nick Higgs said: "This agreement is a significant step in securing a sustainable future for the club.

"The move to the Frenchay Campus will be fantastic for our supporters as they will be able to take advantage of the excellent transport links."

UWE vice-chancellor Professor Steve West added: "The UWE Stadium we hope will also allow the University to reach out to young people and our diverse communities across the region."

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