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Carlisle to leave Brunton Park

League One Carlisle United are preparing to move from their Brunton Park home to a new stadium at Kingmoor in the north of the city. The plans would see a new 12,000 all-seater stadium built, ending a 102-year stay at their present home.

A feasibility study found that the club's current site was a costly and unsuitable option for redevelopment.

Kingmoor Park was recommended by the study from 17 potential sites.

"Everyone was very happy with the proposal," CUFC Online independent website editor Tim Graham told BBC Radio Cumbria, having attended the meeting.

"From what the board were saying and the feasibity study, everyone in the meeting was for it.

"Once everyone realises what's involved with it, I think a lot of people will be for it to be honest."

The Cumbrians' existing ground meets the criteria set by the Football League to play in the bottom two tiers, but would not be suitable under regulations beyond that for the Championship.

"Football League regulations, released in 2009, stipulated minimum ground standards which we are currently struggling to meet within Brunton Park," chairman John Nixon said within the statement.

"The board would be doing a disservice to the fans if we didn't look into the future options for the club and report back to them for their input."

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