Five Towns Stadium

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Five Towns Stadium
New Castleford Stadium.jpg
Artist's impression of Five Towns Stadium
Location Glasshoughton, Castleford, West Yorkshire, England
Coordinates 53°42′32″N 1°19′48″W / 53.709°N 1.330°W / 53.709; -1.330Coordinates: 53°42′32″N 1°19′48″W / 53.709°N 1.330°W / 53.709; -1.330
Capacity 13,300[1]
Construction
Broke ground May 2016
Opened expected 2019
Construction cost £15 million
Tenants
Castleford Tigers

The Five Towns Stadium is a rugby league stadium which is currently under construction in Glasshoughton, Castleford, West Yorkshire, England. The stadium is intended to have a capacity of 13,300 spectators, it will replace Wheldon Road which has been home to Castleford RLFC for over 85 years.

Background[edit]

It is possible the ground might initially be shared with Wakefield Trinity as they were denied planning permission for their Newmarket Stadium plans.[2] The project was given the go ahead in 2007, and is expected to cost around £15 million and will be part of a £40 million development.[3]

Work was expected to start on the new ground in late 2008, just off junction 32 of the M62.[4] On 22 May 2009, the completion of a detailed draft design including details of the facilities to be included in the new ground and a building schedule was unveiled. The new stadium has been designed by Leeds- and London-based architect practice 'Ramsden and Partners'.[5] Unfortunately no money could be found to fund the project and it was abandoned although Castleford expressed their desire to move to a new stadium.

Planning permission was granted in early 2011 and the club aimed to move into the stadium for the 2013 Super League season [1] however sponsorship money became unavailable and the stadium had to be put on hold.

In 2015 it was announced that there would be a stadium built at Glasshoughton as part of a new retail park called the Five Towns Park which would be on the same site as the stadium with work expected to start early 2016 and with a view of Castleford Tigers moving in by the 2019 season.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Castleford Tigers stadium 'will generate many new jobs'". BBC News. 2011-06-09. Retrieved 2011-11-06. 
  2. ^ "Wildcats suffer stadium setback". BBC News. 2008-09-11. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  3. ^ "Castleford get stadium go-ahead". BBC Sport. 2007-11-29. Retrieved 2009-05-21. 
  4. ^ "Tigers still confident on stadium". BBC Sport. 2009-04-22. Retrieved 2009-05-21. 
  5. ^ "Castleford reveal stadium design". BBC Sport. 2009-05-21. Retrieved 2009-05-21.