The Bradford Bulls' hopes of a new stadium were given a massive boost as Chairman Peter Hood confirmed council support at a shareholders meeting last night.

Hood said: "We've never been more hopeful and there are more reasons to think it ought to go through this time.

“The council are 100 per cent behind this and our partners are the same. Everyone needs this to happen for the benefit of the city."

The Odsal Sporting Village project is a £75 million development that will include an 18,000-seater stadium, a 120-bed hotel and a community sports facility.

Although the plans are well underway, the final decision will be made by the executive committee of Bradford Council in January.

If successful the Bulls hope the planning process will start early next year, meaning a move away from Odsal at the end of the current 2010 campaign.

The club would prefer to use Bradford City's Valley Parade for any temporary move until the proposed OSV completion date of 2012.

Hood was also delighted by the news that the club had broken even despite the difficult financial climate and thrilled with season ticket sales: "They are bang on where they were last year.

"Despite 2009 being a more difficult year than 2008, we are at least in the same position as we were last year and I would like to think we would end up in a better position."

Posted on 05/12/2009