Aberdeen Sports Village is a partnership between Aberdeen City Council, the University of Aberdeen and sportscotland.
Through sportscotland's National and Regional facilities strategy, the Aberdeen partners submitted a bid to develop a regional facility in Aberdeen, and from this initial bid, the vision for the Sports Village was born.
The site chosen for the development was the Chris Anderson Stadium in the Linksfield area of Aberdeen, which had a long history of sporting competition, but was nearing the end of it's useful life. The Stadium was named after Chris Anderson, the former vice-chairman of Aberdeen Football Club, who was a sporting visionary and the driving force that helped take the Dons to the peak of European Football in the 1980's. He was also a great supporter of Higher Education within the City.
Demolition and site clearance started in October 2007 and through the winter, foundation and earthworks were completed. In April 2008, work commenced on the steel structure and over time, the Sports Village began to materialise both in size and stature.
The finished building is a tribute to the partnership working; both from the funding partners, but also in the design by Edinburgh based Reiach & Hall Architects, who have created a vibrant, open and welcoming sporting environment.
The Chris Anderson name still lives on within the Village through the naming of the stadium, athletics track and football pitch in his honour. Sport lives on through memories of tight finishes, last ditch tackles, courage and camaraderie - we hope that the Aberdeen Sports Village will continue to generate these memories for years to come.