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Volume 6 No. 266
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Facility Notes: Gloucester To Install Hybrid Pitch At Kingsholm Stadium

Premiership Rugby side Gloucester will install a hybrid pitch at Kingsholm Stadium at the end of the '17-18 season "instead of an artificial surface." The club will invest £1M ($1.34M) "in the replacement pitch together with new bonuses for non-playing staff." Gloucester CEO Stephen Vaughan said, "The best commercial option would have been to opt for an all-weather surface. But we have opted for the preferred choice of the playing squad" (BBC, 12/5).

Super League rugby club Widnes Vikings signed a five-year stadium tenancy extension with Halton Borough Council. The new deal commits the club to its Halton Stadium home until '22 and creates commercial opportunities for the Vikings and Halton Borough Council. The agreement offers Widnes Vikings opportunities to generate new income through extending the club's commercial inventory within the stadium (Widnes Vikings).