Sandy Park

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Sandy Park Stadium
Sandy park stadium exeter.jpg
The exterior of the stadium
Location Exeter, Devon, England
Coordinates 50°42′33.51″N 3°28′3.26″W / 50.7093083°N 3.4675722°W / 50.7093083; -3.4675722Coordinates: 50°42′33.51″N 3°28′3.26″W / 50.7093083°N 3.4675722°W / 50.7093083; -3.4675722
Capacity 12,300
Surface Grass
Construction
Opened 1 September 2006 (2006-09-01)
Construction cost £15m[1]
Tenants
Exeter Chiefs

Sandy Park is a rugby union stadium and award winning conference and banqueting centre in Exeter, England. It is the home ground of Exeter Chiefs who from the 2010/11 season have been playing in the Aviva Premiership, the top flight of the English rugby union league system.[2] The club relocated there from their former stadium at the County Ground in 2006. The stadium can hold 12,300 spectators and is located adjacent M5 junction 30 which is around 5 miles from Exeter City Centre.[3]

Sandy Park is 1 of 13 venues that will stage the 2015 Rugby World Cup. The ground will host 3 pool matches including teams from Pool C and D. The games scheduled to be played at Sandy Park are Tonga vs Namibia, Namibia vs Georgia and Italy vs Romania.[4]

Sandy Park played also host to the England Saxons vs Ireland Wolfhounds on 28 January 2012, The England Saxons won 23-17.[5]

Expansion[edit]

In the late summer of 2012 the club announced a 5 year plan to redevelop the ground to hold 20,600, which will be carried out in phases, starting with the existing west stand to provide a much larger bar area and extended the grandstand the full length of the pitch (in place of the existing temporary seating). The second phase (subject to finance) will involve building a large conference centre to the south and then extending the main grandstand around the corner and along the south end of the ground. The proposed stands behind each of the goal posts will be much larger than the existing main grandstand, but the proposed east stand will be similar in size to the main stand, due to its proximity adjacent the M5 motorway restricting its size.[6]

The first phase of the redevelopment (costing £10million) was carried out over the summer of 2014 and Sandy Park reopened in September that year with an increased capacity of 12,300, the capacity that the stadium will have when it hosts matches at the 2015 World Cup.[7]


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References[edit]

  1. ^ "History - The home of rugby in Exeter and Devon". Exeterchiefs.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-10-13. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Clubs : Exeter Chiefs". Premiership Rugby. 2010-08-17. Retrieved 2011-10-13. 
  4. ^ "RWC 2015 Official Site". International Rugby Board. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "England Saxons 23-17 Irish Wolfhounds". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Club announce redevelopment plans". Thisisdevon. Retrieved 2012-07-19. 
  7. ^ "Bigger Sandy Park conference facility now open for business". Western Morning News. Retrieved 13 September 2014.