City in the Telegraph

Last updated : 08 August 2003 By Michael Morris

If tomorrow's match at Rotherham is significant for Cardiff City, as their first in English football's top two divisions for 18 years, another fixture next week is of even greater moment in Sam Hammam's plan to turn the Welsh capital into the home for a Manchester United for South Wales and beyond.

On Wednesday, the city's planners give what should be final assent to Hammam's grandiose scheme to replace the dilapidated Ninian Park with something a little more akin to Old Trafford.

Provided the matter is not further delayed by referral to the Welsh Assembly, work should begin almost immediately on knocking down the athletics stadium opposite to make way for a 30,000-seat arena, with scope to more than double its size if the team and supporters fulfil the owner's expectations.
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