Plans for motor sport at Odsal put on backburner

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Bradford speedway at Odsal in its heyday Bradford speedway at Odsal in its heyday

Plans to bring speedway and stock car racing back to Odsal with a six-figure investment are on hold as talks over the ownership of Bradford Bulls continue.

Steve Rees, of Startrax, and Tony Mole, president of British Speedway, had been in talks with Bradford restaurant boss Omar Khan about the possibity of both sports making a long-awaited return to the Provident Stadium while he was at the helm of the Super League club.

Discussions stalled when Mr Khan agreed to sell the club to local businessmen Michael Moore and Ryan Whitcut in September, with Andrew Calvert and Ian Watt later joining as directors.

But Mr Rees said the motorsport bodies would now give the Bulls space to establish its own financial structure and understood the club’s “obvious priority” was rugby league while a dispute over its ownership is resolved.

He said: “I do not plan any further communication until well into next year so they can formulate their own business plan.”

As the Telegraph & Argus reported on Tuesday, Mr Moore, Mr Watt and Mr Calvert are back running the club after walking out on Christmas Eve over Mr Khan’s refusal to transfer his majority shareholding to them.

Rugby Football League chief operating officer Ralph Rimmer chaired a summit meeting at Odsal between Mr Khan and the potential new owners on Monday, with the talks described as “constructive”.

The meeting encouraged hopes that a resolution could finally be found after it was revealed that Mr Watt, Mr Calvert and Mr Moore were still involved with the running of the club on a day-to-day basis.

Plans to bring speedway back to Odsal after a 16-year absence were first revealed last April, while the return of stock car racing was mooted in June.

Bradford Council later granted planning permission for both sports to return, but in August Mr Mole revealed he had hit a set-back in his plans to reintroduce speedway because of a legal technicality.

Mr Mole said there was a clause in the stadium’s lease, currently held by the RFL, which did not permit the sport.

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8:31am Fri 3 Jan 14

Avro says...

One of the few things that might have kept this stadium afloat, I fear this is now the beginining of the end.
One of the few things that might have kept this stadium afloat, I fear this is now the beginining of the end. Avro
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11:53am Fri 3 Jan 14

arry1863 says...

As someone, not only involved with these negotiations, but the person that instigated them, I would like to correct a couple of inaccuracies within the above article. Firstly, we have not exchanged one word with Omar Khan, as he left discussions to his minions.

It has not been possible to confirm a clause exists, excluding motor sports from the stadium, as our many requests to have sight of the lease have been rebuffed. However, if such a clause does exist, a simple amendment will take care of it.

There are people willing to bring motor sports back to Odsal, take over the rugby club and purchase the lease, but not in the club’s current financial plight, and only when a viable deal can be agreed. We await developments.
As someone, not only involved with these negotiations, but the person that instigated them, I would like to correct a couple of inaccuracies within the above article. Firstly, we have not exchanged one word with Omar Khan, as he left discussions to his minions. It has not been possible to confirm a clause exists, excluding motor sports from the stadium, as our many requests to have sight of the lease have been rebuffed. However, if such a clause does exist, a simple amendment will take care of it. There are people willing to bring motor sports back to Odsal, take over the rugby club and purchase the lease, but not in the club’s current financial plight, and only when a viable deal can be agreed. We await developments. arry1863
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7:20pm Fri 3 Jan 14

theoutsider says...

arry1863 wrote:
As someone, not only involved with these negotiations, but the person that instigated them, I would like to correct a couple of inaccuracies within the above article. Firstly, we have not exchanged one word with Omar Khan, as he left discussions to his minions.

It has not been possible to confirm a clause exists, excluding motor sports from the stadium, as our many requests to have sight of the lease have been rebuffed. However, if such a clause does exist, a simple amendment will take care of it.

There are people willing to bring motor sports back to Odsal, take over the rugby club and purchase the lease, but not in the club’s current financial plight, and only when a viable deal can be agreed. We await developments.
arry1863 dont care what anyonelse sayyou' ll do for me fella ! most sense spoken on the shambles at dsal since the speedway shut in 1997. As you say arry I await developments nice one 'arry'.
[quote][p][bold]arry1863[/bold] wrote: As someone, not only involved with these negotiations, but the person that instigated them, I would like to correct a couple of inaccuracies within the above article. Firstly, we have not exchanged one word with Omar Khan, as he left discussions to his minions. It has not been possible to confirm a clause exists, excluding motor sports from the stadium, as our many requests to have sight of the lease have been rebuffed. However, if such a clause does exist, a simple amendment will take care of it. There are people willing to bring motor sports back to Odsal, take over the rugby club and purchase the lease, but not in the club’s current financial plight, and only when a viable deal can be agreed. We await developments.[/p][/quote]arry1863 dont care what anyonelse sayyou' ll do for me fella ! most sense spoken on the shambles at dsal since the speedway shut in 1997. As you say arry I await developments nice one 'arry'. theoutsider
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