The Stadium for Cornwall has come a step closer to reality after Cornwall Council voted to approve £3 million in funding for the project.
The cash injection will help partially fund the overall £14.3 million cost of the propsed new venue.
Cornish Pirates rugby club, Truro City FC and Truro and Penwith College will provide £6 million, with a possible contribution from the government of £3 million.
Cornish Rebels rugby league team and American Sharks American Football would also use the ground.
Planning permission for the stadium has already been granted. Plans include 14 corporate boxes with seating capacities varying between 10 and 40
The ground would initially have a capacity of 6,000 – with the option to extend to 15,000 – with an artificial pitch.
The Stadium for Cornwall is planned for a site just off the A390 near Threemilestone on the outskirts of Truro and could be built in time for the 2019 rugby season.
The stadium partners said they are delighted that Cornwall’s Councillors have come together to show their support for their vision to create a hub for Cornish sport, health and wellbeing, education, and business. They said in a statement:
We knew it might be a close vote but we would like to thank Councillors for the faith they have shown in the partnership and to take this opportunity to thank all of those from across Cornwall who have come together and supported the Stadium for Cornwall project.
Many people from across so many different areas of Cornish life have worked so hard to help bring this vote to fruition. We have always had a strong belief in the Stadium project as a catalyst in the promotion of Cornwall’s health, wellbeing and recreation, and as a beacon for professional sport inspiring young people for generations. We now have a clear indication that this belief is matched by the people of Cornwall and will work tirelessly to deliver for them.
The work doesn’t stop here of course. The partners are continuing to talk to central Government on further funding and are progressing well on the practical and planning elements on the delivery of the Stadium.