OXFORD United co-owner Anindya Bakrie says the club’s stadium proposals are a key part of the ownership’s long-term planning.

The U’s are looking to build a new home at The Triangle, south of Kidlington Roundabout, with the club’s licence agreement at the Kassam Stadium running out in 2026.

United want to build a 16,000-capacity stadium and complex, which is set to include a 180-bedroom hotel, restaurant, conference centre, health and wellbeing space, and community plaza.

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In an interview with the club website, U’s co-owner Bakrie discussed why he wants the proposed stadium to play an important role in the wider Oxfordshire community.

He said: “We hope the stadium can be a beacon of hope for the community. It is more than just a venue, it’s a hub for community, fans, and of course, athletes.

“I cannot help but dream that one day when you go to all the clubs and pubs in Oxfordshire, everybody will have the yellow and the Oxford United logo everywhere.

“We knew coming in that the stadium would be very important in the long-term planning that we have.

“It’s not easy because building a stadium is not overnight. Having said that, it is necessary for the club to have its own stadium.

“We want to make the community and fans proud with the stadium itself.

“I’m not saying it’s an easy feat, but I think together with the support of the county, the fans, and the community, I think that we as investors, are always looking forward to make it happen.”

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This month marks five years since Bakrie joined the United board as a director, with his involvement increasing in September 2022, when he and fellow Indonesian investor Erick Thohir took a controlling 51 per cent stake in the club.

Bakrie said: “When I reflect on the last five years with Oxford United, I see it with a sense of pride and achievement.

“Pride because in the last five years, we went through Covid and challenging times.

“We managed to make two play-offs, and hopefully one more. There are a lot of achievements that we should be proud of, with all the challenges.

“To be a part of Oxford United and the Oxford community is something that we take quite seriously.

“Going forward, we want the club to be performing more consistently, and we want to support that in terms of on the pitch.

“We want to engage with the community and fans as much as possible because Oxford is a big community.

“Like anything in business, we need to have sustainability, so we want to make sure the financial sustainability is good and healthy, so that we can continue to be supportive.”