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SBD Global/June 22, 2012/Facilities

Wakefield FC Secure Permission To Build New 12,000-Seat Stadium

Stobart Super League Wakefield FC has "secured their future for the next 100 years after receiving the green light" for a new stadium, according to the PA. The club plans "a major development" at Newmarket that will include a 12,000-capacity community stadium. CEO James Elston said, "Just over a year ago we went on record saying we had secured the immediate future of the club and the news today gives us the next 100 years of life of Wakefield Trinity Wildcats."  The stadium will be funded by the development company Yorkcourt Properties but owned by the Wakefield & District Community Trust. The Wildcats will "become primary tenants." It is expected to be completed in time for the start of the '15 season. Wakefield Chair Andrew Glover said, "It gives us the opportunity to be sustainable. The future of the club is secure with this." The development is "expected to include other pitches for community use" as well as conference and banqueting facilities. Elston believes the news "will boost his club's ability to recruit a higher standard of player." Elston: "It will give us the ability to make money every day of the year. A business model can't be based on 14 Super League games alone" (PA, 6/21).
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