Rugby venues absent from World Cup list

March 5th, 2013 Category: Building Management

Sandy Park, home of Exeter Chiefs, has been confirmed as only the fourth rugby stadium on a long list of 17 venues for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Venue cleaning is well underway as select stadiums look to woo the tournament’s organising body England Rugby 2015. So far only four rugby venues have been added to the list of 17, with Sandy Park joining Gloucester's Kingsholm, Twickenham and the Millennium Stadium.

The venue currently holds 10,744, but the council has given permission to extend the size up to 12,000 in time for the World Cup. Exeter Chiefs have used Sandy Park since 2006 after they moved from their old County Ground home which served them for 101 years. The club’s chief executive Tony Rowe said the event would benefit the whole of the south west of England.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph he added:: “This announcement is exciting news not just for rugby followers, but for everyone living within the region.

"We have been working incredibly closely with Exeter City Council in submitting a bid we hope will bring so much to so many people. 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."

Football venues make up three quarters of the long list for 2015, with Wembley, Old Trafford and St James’ Park all within the selected candidates. Villa Park or Ricoh Arena are likely to be used in the Midlands, Amex Stadium on the south coast and Elland Road in Yorkshire. The Olympic stadium has also been included to host the bigger events in London.