Sandy Park

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Sandy Park Stadium[1]
Sandy park stadium exeter.jpg
The exterior of the stadium
AddressSandy Park Way, Exeter, Devon EX2 7NN, United Kingdom
LocationExeter, Devon, England
Coordinates50°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
OwnerExeter Chiefs
OperatorExeter Chiefs
Capacity12,921
Record attendance12,921[2]
Exeter Chiefs v. Harlequins
(27 April 2019)
SurfaceDesso Grassmaster
Construction
Opened1 September 2006 (2006-09-01)
Renovated2012
Construction cost£15m[3]
Tenants
Exeter Chiefs (2006 - present)
2015 Rugby World Cup
Website
www.sandypark.co.uk

Sandy Park is a rugby union stadium and 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.[4] The club relocated there from their former stadium at the County Ground in 2006. The stadium can hold 12,800 spectators and is located adjacent to M5 junction 30, which is around 5 miles from Exeter City Centre.[5]

Sandy Park played host to the England Saxons vs Ireland Wolfhounds on 28 January 2012; the England Saxons won 23–17.[6]

Expansion[edit]

In the summer of 2012 the club announced a five-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 extending 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.[7]

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 12,500, the capacity that the stadium will have when it hosts matches at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. The Conference & Banqueting facilities of Sandy Park were also increased, doubling the capacity for conferences and other events.[8]

2015 Rugby World Cup matches[edit]

Sandy Park was one of thirteen venues that hosted 2015 Rugby World Cup games.[9][10][11][12]

Date Time (GMT) Team #1 Score Team #2 Round Attendance
22 September 2015 14:15  Namibia 21-35  Tonga Pool C 10,103
5 October 2015 14:15  Georgia 17-16  Namibia Pool D 11,556
11 October 2015 14:45  Romania 22-32  Italy Pool D 11,450

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://exeterchiefs.co.uk/
  2. ^ "Exeter Chiefs hold off defiant Harlequins comeback for disjointed win". Nigel Walrond. The Telegraph. 27 April 2019. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  3. ^ "History - The home of rugby in Exeter and Devon". Exeterchiefs.co.uk. Archived from the original on 13 October 2011. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
  4. ^ [1] Archived 11 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Clubs : Exeter Chiefs". Premiership Rugby. 17 August 2010. Retrieved 13 October 2011.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "England Saxons 23-17 Irish Wolfhounds". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
  7. ^ "Club announce redevelopment plans". Thisisdevon. Retrieved 19 July 2012.
  8. ^ "Bigger Sandy Park conference facility now open for business". Western Morning News. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  9. ^ "RWC 2015 Official Site". International Rugby Board. Archived from the original on 5 May 2013. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  10. ^ "Pool C, Sandy Park, Exeter". Rugby World Cup. 29 September 2015. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  11. ^ "Pool C, Sandy Park, Exeter". Rugby World Cup. 7 October 2015. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  12. ^ "Pool D, Sandy Park, Exeter". Rugby World Cup. 11 October 2015. Retrieved 12 October 2015.

External links[edit]

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