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Old December 14th, 2007, 08:49 PM   #1
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LEICESTER | Welford Road Redevelopment | 30,000 | Approved

These are the new plans for the Welford Road site. Capacity when finished will be 30,000 making Welford Road by far the largest Rugby Union only stadium in England and also the second stadium in Leicester with a capactiy of over 30,000.
The stadium will be dominated by the huge 10,000 seat Next stand. Estimated cost is £30m. The plans also include a three or four-star hotel with 180 bedrooms and a car park for 500 vehicles and accommodation for Leicester College as part of the scheme.






The sale of land to Leicester Tigers to pave the way for a 30,000-seat stadium has been approved by councillors.

The rugby club wants to expand its Welford Road ground and build a three or four-star hotel with 180 bedrooms.

There would also be a car park for 500 vehicles and accommodation for Leicester College as part of the scheme.

Leicester City Council bosses yesterday agreed to sell the vacant Fosse Day Centre site to the club so it can build on the land.

The price has not yet been revealed as contracts have still to be signed.

Council leader Ross Willmott said: "We have agreed the sale. Contracts have still to be sorted out, signed and sealed. The contract is subject to planning permission.

"We will certainly do everything we can now to make sure it goes forward successfully.

"Some councillors have been to see the exhibition of the Tigers' proposals and we're very impressed. We look forward to helping make it a reality."

Earlier this month, Tigers' board decided to apply for planning consent from the city council to redevelop the stadium.

A formal planning application is expected to be submitted shortly and it the club hopes phase one will start in the spring.

Under the scheme, the Tigers ground will be redeveloped along with the club's car park and the Fosse Day Centre site.

The first stage of the development is the northern Next Stand, which will hold about 10,000.

Previous plans for the Next Stand, dubbed the Tigers Towers, were scrapped after complaints that they were ugly
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Looks very smart indeed. Any standing accomodation?
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Old December 15th, 2007, 12:49 AM   #3
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could the tigers really get 30,000 people every game? i doubt it

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Old December 15th, 2007, 01:18 AM   #4
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Now that's a seriously cool looking stadium
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Old December 15th, 2007, 12:52 PM   #5
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Very nice stadium-good to see some of the bigger rugby clubs investing in new stadia to match there football counterparts.
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Old December 15th, 2007, 02:26 PM   #6
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This is fantastic and exactly what Bath Rugby Club needs in replace of the Rec.
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Old December 15th, 2007, 04:19 PM   #7
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Ugh! Am I the only person that thinks it looks utterly lopsided and grotesque? I know they're constrained by a triangular site, but surely they could have come up with a far more attractive proposition...
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Old December 16th, 2007, 06:15 AM   #8
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Totally agree with you Charlie.

Two thirds of the design has an almost effortless flow to it's design. And looks simple yet good. Then you get the main stand which just sits there looking like an after thought. That stand reminds me of Blackburn Rovers Ewood Park.
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Old December 16th, 2007, 11:08 PM   #9
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I personally really like the design and it's not as bland as some new football stadiums that have not space problems. You have to take into accoun there is hardly any space to expand at all. So to come up with a plan to fit a 30,000 seat stadium into that space is very impressive in IMO.
Below is a google earth pic from the same angle of the render which shows how little room to expand there is.



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ccfc-4-life: could the tigers really get 30,000 people every game? i doubt it.

No, the Tigers won't attract 30,000 every game but for larger league games and European games Tigers often move home games to the Walkers stadium and have always been a 32,000 sell-outs so for some games they will sell out. I'd guess at an average attendance to be around 20,000, which again is still the largest in Rugby union so why not be ambitious and go for a 30,000 seat stadium.
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Old December 17th, 2007, 12:32 PM   #10
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Looks great in my opinion, blends new and old style very nicely.
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Looks great in my opinion, blends new and old style very nicely.
...despite it all being brand new!
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Old December 17th, 2007, 12:43 PM   #12
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...despite it all being brand new!
Yeah I know, but I somehow like it, "old style" isn't meant in a negative way by the way. It will be one of the very few stadia in the world having mixed traditional British stadium design with a new style just emerging in the UK.
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Old December 18th, 2007, 02:42 AM   #13
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cool but weird. it will be interesting to see it when finished
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Old December 18th, 2007, 03:37 AM   #14
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Tigers Plans

Plenty to look at! 16 seperate sets of docs. 236 pgs looking at transport implications! oh yes also a Bat & Ecological survey


A FEW HIGHLIGHTS:













Probably overdone it. But thought i'd give people a flavour of the plans.
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Old December 18th, 2007, 10:10 AM   #15
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On second thoughts it looks more like a pimped version of Manchester City's long gone Maine Road ground, or Elland Road in Leeds. This ground, however, does not scream expansion.
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Old December 18th, 2007, 11:51 AM   #16
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i really like it.

very good how it makes the most of the severely tight footprint...
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Old January 21st, 2008, 05:43 AM   #17
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Looks like they got the idea from Salford Reds stadium plan.






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Old February 20th, 2008, 11:42 AM   #18
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Planning permission last night granted for Leicester Tigers ground expansion plans. Work is anticipated to start in May after the end of the season with construction of the North Stand commencing. This will be built at the back of the present stand with the current Next stand remaining in place. This is so capacity is not reduced during the 2008/2009 season. Believe stand will be dismantled and the remaining new stand completed after the end of the 2008/2009 season.
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Old February 20th, 2008, 04:18 PM   #19
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Two sets of good stadia news in a day Splendid!
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Old February 21st, 2008, 12:36 PM   #20
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This has gained planning permission from the council this last week. There is also an article about it on The Guiness Premiership website here..
http://www.guinnesspremiership.com/254_12276.php
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