Edinburgh Rugby gets green light for new stadium

Linkedin Twitter

Edinburgh Rugby new rugby stadium Image: Scottish Rugby

Edinburgh Rugby’s plans to build a ‘mini Murrayfield’ next to Scotland’s national stadium have been given the green light by the city council, the BBC reported. The new 7,800-seater rugby facility is expected to be ready for use next season, according to the report.

Edinburgh moved back to the national stadium earlier this year after ending a temporary arrangement at Myreside. Four stands approximately 8.6m high will be built around a new synthetic 3G surface on Murrayfield’s back pitches, the BBC wrote.

The Scottish professional rugby team’s head coach Richard Cockerill believes it will be “great for Edinburgh to have our own home” and the “start of something very special”.

“We had 7,000 here at the weekend [for the victory over Toulon] and with the new stadium holding 7,800, we can start to get sell-out crowds like they have at Scotstoun,” he was quoted as saying by the BBC.

“It then becomes our own atmosphere, our own pitch, our own stadium, our own branding, all those things. We can build our own identity and move forward,” he said, adding: “We had a bumper crowd on Saturday but it still felt a bit empty because of the size of Murrayfield. So we need our own stadium. Hopefully this will be the start of something very special for us.”

As part of the plans, the existing six 18m-high floodlights will be replaced with four 25m-high floodlights. Part of the north stand will be assigned for accessible use and will have ramped access.

A detailed application was submitted in May to City of Edinburgh Council, which has given the plans the thumbs-up, the BBC reported.

Cllr Donald Wilson, culture and communities convener, said: “After 20 years of searching for a permanent base, I hope this gives Edinburgh Rugby the relevant planning permission it needs for its own purpose-built home.”

“The move should also allow the team to build on its own local identity, next to all of the action and atmosphere of a national Murrayfield game and with the same extensive transport links.”

Scottish rugby chief operating officer Dominic McKay said in a letter to planners: “Our ambition is to create a new home for Edinburgh Rugby and enable us to provide the city’s only professional club with a fit-for-purpose venue that will serve to further enhance performance.

Edinburgh Rugby has spent many years working together with City of Edinburgh Council and other partners to establish a home of its own and has explored and exhausted the city’s viable options.”

Continue to follow Coliseum for latest updates on stadium business news. Coliseum is dedicated towards building the best global community of sports venue executives and professionals.

Watch 150 member-exclusive videos with valuable tips for your venue

« Previous News:
» Next News:

More News

Gillette Stadium naming rights

Majestic Atrium to adorn Gillette Stadium

Published: May 16th, 2022

On the 20th anniversary of the first event held at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough (US), the Kraft... » Read more

Glytch announces Populous as design partner

Populous to design Glytch esports stadia

Published: May 16th, 2022

Glytch, the professional esports stadium company, announced on May 11th its selection of Populous... » Read more

Kobe to host World Para Athletics 2024

Kobe to stage 2024 World Para Athletics show

Published: May 16th, 2022

Kobe (Japan) will host the 2024 World Para Athletics Championships following the cancellation of... » Read more

Diamond League Finals in Zurich and Brussels

Diamond League Final at Zürich-Brussels

Published: May 16th, 2022

The Wanda Diamond League Final will be held alternately in Zürich (Switzerland) and Brussels... » Read more

Receive global sports venue NEWS twice a week in your inbox