Rodney Parade

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Rodney Parade
West Stand, Rodney Parade, Newport.jpg
Rodney Parade West Stand
Location Rodney Parade
Rodney Road
Newport NP19 0UU
Coordinates 51°35′18″N 2°59′16″W / 51.58833°N 2.98778°W / 51.58833; -2.98778Coordinates: 51°35′18″N 2°59′16″W / 51.58833°N 2.98778°W / 51.58833; -2.98778
Owner Newport RFC
Operator Rodney Parade Limited
Capacity 9,097 (7,850 for football)[1]
Surface Grass
Construction
Opened 1877
Architect Thomas Douglas-Jones
Tenants
Newport RFC
Newport County A.F.C.
Newport Gwent Dragons

Rodney Parade is a stadium in the city of Newport, South Wales. It is operated by Rodney Parade Limited, a company wholly owned by Newport Rugby Football Club. It is located on the east bank of the River Usk in Newport city centre. The ground is on Rodney Road, a short walk from the city's central bus and railway stations via Newport Bridge or Newport City footbridge. There is no spectator car park at the ground but a number of multi-storey car parks are nearby.

Rodney Parade is the home ground of rugby union clubs Newport RFC and the Newport Gwent Dragons regional team.[2] It is also the home ground of Newport County football club. However, stadium capacity is reduced for football matches.

Newport Squash Club has four courts at Rodney Parade.

Layout[edit]

Rodney Parade viewed looking eastwards from Newport Cathedral across the River Usk
Rodney Parade memorial gates
Rodney Parade East Gate, Corporation Road

Rodney Parade has two covered stands: the two-tier Hazell Stand (west) and the Bisley Stand (east) which are along the touchlines of the pitch. The upper tier of the west stand is seated with 1,996 seats, including 40 Press seats and the lower tier is a standing terrace. The east stand is all-seated with a 2,526 capacity including 144 seats in 13 hospitality boxes,[3] food/drink outlets and a gantry for television cameras. The cameras are therefore pointing westward and often show the sun setting over Newport city centre.

The North Terrace is uncovered standing and adjoins the uncovered standing terrace on the west touchline alongside the west stand. The south end of the stadium houses players' changing rooms, a media centre and the small uncovered Sytner stand for away football fans. A large video screen was erected at the south end in December 2013.

The ticket office, club shop and hospitality suite is located at the north end of the East Stand and accessed via Gate 4 on Grafton Road.

To the north of the North Terrace is a floodlit grass training area. It is intended that this area will be developed as a 4G artificial turf training pitch.[4] Further north, parallel to Grafton Road, is the Newport County office, the Rodney Hall function room and the rugby clubhouse/office facilities.

History[edit]

In 1875 the Newport Athletic Club was created, and two years later they secured the use of land at Rodney Parade from Lord Tredegar for their cricket, tennis, rugby and athletics teams. Monmouthshire County Cricket Club played at Rodney Parade from 1901 to 1934.

The cricket ground which was on the site no longer exists as the land was sold and the new Maindee primary school was built on the site. Newport Cricket Club relocated to Newport International Sports Village.

In May 2012 it was agreed that Newport County football club would relocate from Newport Stadium and play its home fixtures at Rodney Parade in an initial three-year deal, the first time that the stadium would host association football matches on a regular basis. In February 2013 Newport County agreed a further 10-year lease to play at Rodney Parade.[5]

In April 2013 Newport Athletic Bowls Club relocated from Rodney Parade to Caerleon.[6]

Redevelopment[edit]

On 4 September 2007 it was announced that the Rodney Parade site was due to be redeveloped into a 15,000-capacity stadium by the beginning of the 2010-11 rugby union season. The redevelopment was backed by Newport City Council, Newport Unlimited, Newport RFC and Newport Gwent Dragons. The application received planning consent on 11 March 2009.

In August 2010 it was announced that the target finish date for the first phase had been put back to the beginning of the 2011–12 rugby union season with the full redevelopment planned to take several years.[7] The new east stand was opened in October 2011 and named the Bisley Stand for sponsorship purposes. The long term plans include construction of covered stands at the north and south ends and to provide cover on the currently uncovered stretch of the west touchline terrace.

International matches[edit]

There have been six full-cap rugby union international matches held at Rodney Parade:

Date Competition Home team Away team
12 January 1884 1884 Home Nations Championship  Wales 0G, 0T  Scotland 1G, 1T
4 February 1888 1888 Home Nations Championship  Wales 0G, 1T  Scotland 0G, 0T
3 January 1891 1891 Home Nations Championship  Wales 3  England 7
3 February 1894 1894 Home Nations Championship  Wales 7  Scotland 0
9 January 1897 1897 Home Nations Championship  Wales 11  England 0
25 March 1912 Friendly  Wales 14  France 8

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rodney Parade capacity
  2. ^ Magners League Team Information
  3. ^ Rodney Parade Bisley Stand
  4. ^ 4G training pitch
  5. ^ Newport County agree 10 year lease
  6. ^ Newport Athletic Bowls relocate
  7. ^ Rodney Parade redevelopment

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