SWINDON Borough Council has this evening agreed to sell the County Ground’s freehold jointly to Swindon Town Football Club and Swindon Town Supporters, represented by Trust STFC, for £2.2million.

Earlier this month, the football club confirmed it had reached a deal in principle with the Supporters’ Trust and Swindon Borough Council to jointly purchase the stadium.

Town’s chairman Lee Power has since stated his intention to turn the 15,728 capacity stadium into a seven-day-a-week venue to generate significant income to aid the club’s ambition of climbing the Football League ladder.

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The news comes only 13 months after both the football club and the Trust continued with their individual efforts to purchase the ground’s freehold individually.

Cllr David Renard, leader of Swindon Borough Council, said: "This is a really exciting opportunity for the whole town, and particularly supporters of the football club and members of the Supporters' Trust. 

"The ground is hopefully going to be transferred to them later in the year once the Supporters' Trust have raised their half of the money in order to purchase it. 

"After that, we're looking forward to seeing the club and the Trust working together to improve the ground."