Bristol City Football Club has pledged to appeal if the site on which it had planned to build a new stadium receives village green status.
Last year the city council gave the club the thumbs up to build the 30,000-seat stadium at Ashton Vale, but it is now weighing up whether to grant village green status to the site.
Local residents have appealed to the landowners for the village green status to be established, however recent talks between the two groups have collapsed.
A plan to make just part of the site a village green was considered as a compromise, but the council is now deciding whether to designate the whole site to this idea.
Bristol City Football Club chairman Steve Lansdown said: “The choice is very clear: the council can either say no to a town green, in which case we can go ahead and build the stadium, or it can say yes, in which case we go to appeal.
“The message is that we are not going to give up. I’m intransigent about this. We will proceed until the land is released from this ridiculous legislation.”