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Sandy Park can expand capacity for World Cup

Exeter’s Sandy Park has been added to the list of potential venues for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. The ground has been added because redevelopment work on Bristol City’s Ashton Gate stadium may not be completed in time for the event.

“We have been working incredibly closely with Exeter City Council in submitting a bid we hope will bring so much to so many people,” said Exeter Chiefs Chief Executive Tony Rowe.

“Our hope now is that we will be among the venues that will be selected for what I know will be a superb Rugby World Cup here in England in 2015.”

“We want to ensure that Rugby World Cup 2015 is a truly national event, and Sandy Park, located in the rugby heartland of the south west, gives us the option to take the tournament as far and wide as possible,” said England Rugby 2015 Chief Executive Debbie Jevans.

“We are finalising venues and the match schedule in conjunction with Rugby World Cup Limited and will publish the final list in the next few weeks.”

Sandy Park is now one of four rugby venues on the list of 18 stadiums, together with Gloucester’s Kingsholm, Twickenham and the Millennium Stadium.

The ground’s capacity will rise from 10,700 to 12,000 in time for the tournament. Sandy Park currently has a capacity of 10,700 but Exeter have been given permission to expand the ground up to 20,000.


Chief Executive at Sandy Park, Tony Rowe.

Chief Executive at Sandy Park, Tony Rowe.

Prospective 2015 Rugby World Cup venues

Amex Stadium, Brighton
Ashton Gate, Bristol
Pride Park, Derby
Ricoh Arena, Coventry
Elland Road, Leeds
Stadium MK, Milton Keynes
King Power Stadium, Leicester
Old Trafford, Manchester
St James’s Park, Newcastle
Stadium of Light, Sunderland
Villa Park, Birmingham
St Mary’s Stadium, Southampton
Wembley, London
Olympic Stadium, London
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Twickenham, London
Kingsholm, Gloucester
Sandy Park, Exeter