Aviva Premiership rugby champions Saracens have revealed plans to replace the ageing West Stand at Allianz Park with a new, modern stand.
Allianz Park, as a multi-use community stadium in Hendon, north London, has become an essential hub of community, educational and sporting activity and the new stand provides the opportunity to build on this success, Saracens said.
The new proposed stand would include:
- Improved training and competition facilities for all sports users including athletics, rugby and community sport.
- Further space for Middlesex University’s Sport and Exercise Science Department, along with new health and wellbeing facilities.
- Enhanced facilities to support Saracens charitable arm, the Saracens Sports Foundation, to further develop its award winning community programme.
- A much better environment for stadium users and spectators, including vastly improved disabled access and facilities.
The new West Stand will be similar in size and appearance to the East Stand. The maximum permanent capacity of Allianz Park will not exceed 10,500 (currently 10,000) and the maximum of 16 match days per season, would continue unchanged
The plans will also include a proposal for one of the 16 matches to accommodate a one-off European Rugby Champions Cup game at Allianz Park.
This would enable the capacity of the stadium to be temporarily increased to 15,000 for a maximum of one match a year in the event that Saracens qualify for a home quarter final tie in the European Rugby Champions Cup.
A bespoke match day travel plan would be in place to cater for such occasional matches.
Chief Executive of Saracens, Heath Harvey, said:
It is clear that the West Stand needs replacing, but this provides the opportunity to expand on the great work that is delivered at Allianz Park and underpin its success as a community, educational and sporting hub.
As well as becoming a fortress for English and European Champions Saracens and the home one of one of the UK’s strongest athletics clubs Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers, we are proud that Allianz Park has become the venue of choice for many local residents.
Professor Tim Blackman, Vice Chancellor of Middlesex University, added:
With Allianz Park as the home of our sport and exercise science facilities, our staff and students have unique access to academy and elite athletes and coaches. Our collaboration with Saracens also provides placement opportunities for students and the new stand will enable us to expand opportunities for young Londoners to develop skills and continue their education in a high performance environment.
Saracens said it is committed to engaging with the local community and will be holding exhibitions to outline the current plans and seek input. The exhibitions are being held on:
Thursday 10 November, 7pm – 9pm, Fez Lounge, Allianz Park
Friday 11 November, 6pm – 9pm, Fez Lounge, Allianz Park
Saturday 12 November, 9am – 11.30am, Olympic Bar, Allianz Park
There will be members of the design team and senior Saracens staff on hand to answer any questions.
Image courtesy allianzpark.com