Gloucester to expand Kingsholm
June 30, 2006

Gloucester are to begin work on a new grandstand which will increase the capacity at Kingsholm to 17,500 by the start of the 2007-08 season.

The Guinness Premiership club were prompted into action after season tickets for both the Buildbase Stand and old grandstand were sold out less than a month after going on sale.

Demolition of the old grandstand, which will soon fall foul of strict Rugby Football Union regulations, begins on July 10 and will be replaced for the forthcoming season by a covered temporary stand.

Gloucester chairman Tom Walkinshaw said: ``We appreciate the announcement and the timing of the development has come quickly, particularly after the club have already sold season tickets in huge numbers, but it is essential work starts on this project now.

``The need for this development has been driven on the back of the demand for tickets in seating areas that are now sky high and means we simply cannot wait until the end of the coming season to start this project.

``There is a clear need to improve the seating provisions we have at Kingsholm and to update the facilities and with this development we can achieve it.

``The existing stadium is now unable to meet the demands of new sponsors, commercial partners and supporters and this is limiting our ability to develop the team. We risk falling behind our competitors both on and off the pitch.

``It's an ambitious scheme but one the club needs so it can continue to thrive.''

The new stand will have a capacity of 7,500 making Kingsholm one of the
biggest specialist rugby grounds in the country.

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