Updated: 10/10/2012 19:19 | By pa.press.net

Welford Road left off 2015 WC venue list



Welford Road will not host World Cup games in 2015

Welford Road will not host World Cup games in 2015

Welford Road, the home of Leicester Tigers and the biggest club rugby ground in England, has been axed as a potential venue for the 2015 World Cup.

The ground, which has been Leicester's home for 120 years, has been left off the long list of 17 stadia published by tournament organisers England Rugby 2015.

Gloucester's Kingsholm is the only Aviva Premiership rugby ground on a list that includes Twickenham, the Olympic Stadium, Wembley, the Millennium Stadium and some of the biggest club football stadia in the country.

The home grounds of Manchester United, Newcastle, Sunderland, Aston Villa and Southampton have all been included after expressing an interest in staging matches. Outside of the Premier League, ER2015 have included the Amex Stadium in Brighton, Bristol City's Ashton Gate, Pride Park in Derby, Coventry's Ricoh Arena, Elland Road in Leeds and Stadium MK in Milton Keynes.

Leicester is still represented by the King Power Stadium, which has a capacity of over 32,000 and, tournament organisers believe, more suitable off-field facilities than Welford Road.

Critics argue the World Cup should be utilising more rugby grounds but ER2015 have to sell 2.9million tickets in order to cover the £80million guarantee owed to the International Rugby Board.

ER2015 will confirm the final list of 10-12 venues early in the new year, once the tournament match schedule has been formulated. The pool draw is being held on December 3 in London.

Arsenal's Emirates Stadium was in the original bid document but it does not feature on the shortlist, replaced by the Olympic Stadium. ER2015 are in talks with the Olympic Park Legacy Company over the future use of the stadium, which has obvious attractions following the success of London 2012.

Andy Cosslett, England Rugby 2015 chairman, said: "Our vision for Rugby World Cup 2015 is to ensure that we take this prestigious tournament to as many parts of the country as possible, and we believe that the geographical spread of venues selected will enable us to maximise the reach of the tournament.

"In addition, we will be selecting further venues for training and team base camps that will ensure that the rugby community is at the very heart of Rugby World Cup 2015."

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08/10/2012 17:02
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The idea that sales of tickets is paramount falls a bit flat when you realise Kingsholme takes 16500 and Ashton Gate can handle 1900 tops. Welford Road can take 28,000.

Villa Park is a dustbin and Brighton is hardly a hotbed of Rugby Support.

These people make some very odd decisions.
10/10/2012 07:45
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Plain crazy
As you can imagine this is causing quite a stir in Leicester
After all the players/coaches we have provided to the England cause over the years
This is a smack in the face
Martin Tigers at present 24,000 cap ...cat stand alone holds 10,000
RED WHITE GREEN

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Its bad enough its being held in soccer stadiums, but add to that its being held in Wales count me out. This is not a WC in England its a farce for the money men. Bye rugby you are no better than soccer now. You are just a disgusting bunch of money grabbers with no respect for the game. I wont be at the autumn internationals or any rugby come to that. Fed up with this farce called England. Why bother we live in a country where the last thing you are allowed to be is English. 
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