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Castleford Tigers unveil new stadium plans

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Castleford Tigers Super League rugby side has confirmed plans to build a 10,000-capacity stadium as part of a £135m retail development on a site at Glasshoughton.


The Club had previously announced a move to a new stadium, however, those plans came to nothing because of funding issues arising from the sale of the current ground at Wheldon Road, recently re-named ‘Mend-a-Hose Jungle’ stadium.


“Clearly this is a very exciting opportunity for Castleford Tigers to finally get a home fit for the 21st century,” said Club Chairman, Jack Fulton.


This time around the project will be funded entirely by property developers who have opened talks with both Wakefield Council and the highways authority. Lateral Property Group say the development will also feature a 50-acre country park and that as many as 2,000 jobs would be created.


The purpose-built stadium will be designed to meet Super League requirements, with a mixture of both seating and standing terraces, and it is hoped that work will begin during 2015, with a view to opening in time for the 2017 season.


GMI Construction has been lined-up to build the new stadium.


Vive la difference at new Jean Bouin stadium

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Stade Francais rugby club will play its first games at the new 20,000 capacity Jean Bouin stadium on 30 August versus Biarritz and on 8 September against ASM Clemont Auvergne. The first game will be under lights and broadcast live.

The stadium is stunningly different from its earlier incarnation due to a radical design by Grand Prix National d’Architecture 2006 winner architect Rudy Ricciotti. Pictures courtesy Agence Rudy Ricciotti.


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Edinburgh Academicals to build 5,000 capacity rugby stadium

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Edinburgh Academicals Rugby Club, the second oldest club in the UK, has confirmed that it will build an £8 million facility for 5,000 spectators (2,500 seated) in Stockbridge, Edinburgh, beginning in autumn 2014.

City councillors have approved the development. The club said the stadium will create nearly 100 full-time equivalent jobs. The next stages will be:

  • Legal agreements will entered into with the Academical Club and with the Council.
  • Internal layouts will be drawn in detail to allow the club to apply for building warrants.
  • Once building warrants have been obtained, the club will go out to tender to appoint a contractor.

The stadium’s inner city location met with significant opposition and one local councillor called it a “shopping mall with a stadium attachment”. It will contain conference facilities and a rugby museum, backed by VisitScotland. The club’s ground at Raeburn Place staged the international match between Scotland and England in 1871.

Racing Métro stadium moves ahead

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Le Figaro has reported that Racing Métro rugby club is moving ahead with its new stadium project and has secured funding The Arena 92 has been a long-term project of owner Jacky Lorenzetti as a driver for the club’s development. Proposed capacity is 41,000, with multipurpose capability.

The new ground will be situated in the district of la Defense, Paris, but the project has yet to receive permission from local authorities. The club is aiming for completion in 2016.

Launch of competitive dialogue to find builder for Grande Stade

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France's new national rugby stadium is moving towards construction phase.

France’s new national rugby stadium is moving towards construction phase.

The French Rugby Federation (FFR) has started a competitive dialogue to find a company to build and maintain the new national stadium for rugby. Deadline for applications is 15 July.

Construction will be based on the project developed by the architectural team of Populous, workshops 234 and Egis.

The constructor will build the stadium, work on real estate projects around the stadium and enter into a contract for ongoing maintenance of the facility.

Meanwhile, the property required for the project is being assembled and an agreement for the sale of the hippodrome of Ris-Orangis has been entered into by the owner.

FFR President Pierre CAMOU said:

The signing of the agreement for sale of the Hippodrome de Ris-Orangis is a new stage in the path to the construction of this great stadium which will be a major element of both the independence of French rugby and the development of the territory on which it will be implemented.



IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy lines up venues

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Estadio Germán Becker will be the main venue, hosting six matches including the final, for the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy 2013, which will take place in Temuco, Chile, 28 May to 9 June. Originally built in 1965 and re-inaugurated in 2008 after a major refurbishment, its modern facilities can now accommodate 18,125 spectators.

The International Rugby Board has confirmed all four venues that will host matches. The Estadio Municipal Freire, located in the outskirts of Temuco, and the Universidad de la Frontera, within walking distance of Estadio Germán Becker, will each host four matches. The two remaining matches will be played at the Estadio Municipal Pitrufquén on the outskirts of the city. IRB Tournament Director Santiago Ramallo said:

The goal of using four stadiums is to promote the Araucania region with player welfare in mind. We’ve secured venues with excellent playing surfaces and being able to play six matches in the Estadio Germán Becker makes it the best venue in the Junior World Rugby Trophy’s history.

Kick-off times have been selected to allow rugby fans to move between venues and watch up to four matches in each round, with the exception of the penultimate round of pool matches on 5 June.