Aberdeen Football Club last night launched a major campaign in a bid to rally support behind a proposed £50 million new stadium complex at Kingsford on the outskirts of the city.

The Aurora campaign, has secured the backing of Dons legends, supporters and the business community.

Chairman of the club, Stewart Milne said: “As we get closer to the decision by Aberdeen City Council, we are calling in supporters to help us demonstrate that there is a huge amount of backing out there for the plans.

“This project is about much more than a new football stadium, it’s about a best-in-class facility that can benefit the wider community.”

AFC executive vice-chairman, George Yule, said: “In the run up to a decision on our planning application, we want to demonstrate the huge amount of support out there for our plans.

“I’m constantly approached by people wanting to know what we’re doing to galvanise support and how they can help us get this application over the line.

“This campaign is our response.

“It provides a focal point and clear calls to action so that they can make their voices heard.”

The club has urged those who support the plans to demonstrate their backing through displaying the Aurora branded material, posting supportive comments on social media using the hashtag #AllForAurora and providing public endorsements

The planning application is expected to be voted on in October, but Aberdeen City Council has announced a pre-determination hearing will take place at the Town House on September 13 2017.

The No For Kingsford group has said it is confident Aberdeen City Council will refuse permission for AFC’s £50 million stadium, but is already laying the groundwork for legal action in case it gets the go ahead.

The Inverness Reds will be launching a new website with all the information available to date about the stadium plans, plus the latest news about the new stadium and the #AllForAurora campaign – http://www.kingsfordstadium.co.uk by the end of August.