Edinburgh Rugby and Scotland Rugby have announced the completion of the club’s new, purpose-built stadium.
The £5.7 million ground is adjacent to BT Murrayfield and will hold around 7,800 supporters (around 5,800 seated and around 2,000 safe-standing), close to the action and under covered stands on all four sides.
The stadium is now officially in the hands of the capital club and is the team’s first permanent home since its inception as a professional side in 1996 and as an amateur district select dating back to 1872.
The completion of the project includes World Rugby certification for contact training and playing on the new state-of-the-art 3G surface, meaning the Edinburgh Rugby squad can now begin training in the ground.
Under normal circumstances, the club would now be formulating plans to welcome fans for a celebratory opening event or fixture.
However current restrictions to combat the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic mean that the stadium will be used primarily for team training purposes in the short-term until fans can be welcomed safely.
In the meantime, the club will begin a multi-staged branding process to adorn the stadium in the club’s colours, while plans are already underway to map out the supporter fan-zone and surrounding activity that will complement a first-class match-day experience in and around the ground.
Edinburgh Rugby managing director, Douglas Struth, said:
We are absolutely thrilled to reach the point of project completion and are delighted with the finished product. The stadium looks and feels fantastic.
We have worked exceptionally hard over a number of years to deepen our identity and association with the city of Edinburgh, the Lothians, Fife and the Borders. Now, with a home to call our own, we have a huge opportunity to really develop and showcase what it means to represent all of those communities in professional rugby.
Our new stadium will allow us to better connect with our fans, community, sponsors and partners; creating a deeper sense of belonging as we strive to attract more people to the club, whilst enhancing the match-day experience for our fans inside and outside the ground.
Scottish Rugby CEO, Mark Dodson, said:
The completed construction of the new stadium is a game-changing project for both Edinburgh Rugby and Scottish Rugby. To finally deliver Edinburgh Rugby and its supporters a purpose-built stadium, at the home of Scottish rugby, is a fantastic achievement for all involved in the project, after a nomadic existence that’s spanned both the amateur and professional era for the side.
Not only will the stadium provide the Edinburgh Rugby fans with a genuine home and a match-day atmosphere that will reflect their continued enthusiasm and support for the club, the ground will act as a hub for all rugby in the city. It will have a lasting legacy for the local community.
Edinburgh Rugby reiterated that the new stadium will be open to applications for use from other rugby teams, sports and events, as well as from the wider community, to maximise the potential of the new ground.
Stadium project team:
Arena Seating – Stand supplier
Axiom – Project Managers and Quantity Surveyors
DA Gilmour – Clerk of Works
Holmes Miller – Architects
Iceni Projects – Planning consultant
Quattro – Structural Engineers
Portakabin – Toilet Supplier
Pinsent Masons – Legal advisers
PSD – Pitch consultants
RSP – Electrical & Mechanical Engineers
WH Malcolms – Principal Contractor