TRANMERE Rovers chairman Mark Palios has said he welcomes a new report that could ultimately lead to the club's move away from Prenton Park.

The 'Sports City' project mooted for Bidston Dock could potentially include a digital golf driving range and food and retail outlets, as well as a 15,000-capacity stadium which Rovers would have the ability to redevelop to enable 25,000 fans to fit inside.

A meeting of Wirral Council’s Economy, Regeneration and Housing Committee, on June 13, must decide whether to accept a £100,000 grant from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRCA) for a feasibility study, which will look at whether the project would work or not. If the project goes ahead, the club’s current Prenton Park ground would be made available for housing.

The proposed ambitious, large scale and integrated regeneration project is seen as a catalyst for the whole Left Bank regeneration scheme.

Papers released prior to next week’s meeting said: “Over recent years TRFC [Tranmere Rovers Football Club] has established a reputation as a model for a professional football club. This has seen significant investment in its asset base including new training facilities at the Solar Campus in Leasowe.

“In order to achieve a self sustainable Championship club, TRFC considers that it is necessary to replace its ageing stadium at Prenton Park and move to a modern facility.”

The document said Tranmere Rovers was not able to contribute towards the cost at this time due to costs incurred from covid recovery, but has agreed to fund £50,000 of the council’s cost as and when the project goes ahead, either in cash or in kind.

Mark Palios said: “From the club’s perspective, if the feasibility study is approved it will determine whether or not a stadium move will help to establish Tranmere Rovers FC as a self-sustainable Championship club.

"Once the outcome of the study is known we shall enter into a period of consultation with the fan base.”

Tranmere first played at Prenton Park in 1912 and since then the ground has had several rebuilds, with the most recent occurring in 1995 in response to the requirement of the Taylor Report to become all-seater.

Today's stadium holds 16,587 in four stands: the Kop, the Johnny King Stand, the Main Stand and the Cowshed.