Wakefield Wildcats unveil plans to redevelop stadium

Wakefield Wildcats plans to redevelop the Rapid Solicitors Stadium
Wakefield Wildcats plans to redevelop the Rapid Solicitors Stadium

WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats have revealed plans to develop their current stadium in a bid to obtain a renewed Super League licence.

At a public meeting at the Cedar Court Hotel, in Wakefield, last night, Thursday, the club unveiled their plans to redevelop the Rapid Solicitors Stadium into a 12,000 capacity ground, with 10,000 of those spectators under cover.

A new initiative, Club 1873, was also unveiled, designed to boost membership and meet the licence criteria of at least 5,000 members.

Development of the Rapid Solicitors Stadium would result in corporate hospitality capacity of 750 people, fully refurbished bars and restaurants and a new bar in the West Stand called the ‘Touchline Bar’.

Wakefield Wildcats chairman Andrew Glover said: “We said at the beginning of the year that we would do everything we possibly could to keep the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in Super League and this is exactly what we are doing.

“The biggest issue that we were faced with, within our control, was the stadium, so without wasting any time we have worked hard to ensure that we will have this new, fully developed stadium that will meet with all of the RFL’s criteria in 2012.”

Wildcats chief executive James Elston added: “By launching our new membership scheme and announcing our exciting new stadium plans we have immediately strengthened our application in two incredibly important areas.

“Keeping The Wildcats in Super League is at the forefront of everyone’s priorities and this has given us a great boost towards that.”

A statement released by the club said: “The changes and developments all strive to ensure that the Rapid Solicitors Stadium is compliant for Super League and will place our ground at a similar, if not better, level than many other stadia in Super League.

“Both announcements are two major strides in drastically improving our Super League application in terms of both membership levels and club facilities and stand us in extremely strong stead of meeting all requirements.”

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