Edinburgh Consider Developing New Stadium On Murrayfield Land

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7 February 2018

Edinburgh Rugby is looking to build its own home in a new arena next to the BT Murrayfield stadium, Kieran Murray has revealed in The Scotsman. The club is exploring the possibility of constructing a “mini-Murrayfield” on the training pitches beside the home of Scottish Rugby.

It is understood proposals for a 7,000-seat stadium are at an early stage and no application for planning has yet been made, but with objections it could be up to five years before the idea comes to fruition. It is hoped a smaller stadium that would regularly sell out for home matches would provide a strong base for the team, which plays in the Guinness PRO14 league.

The club has had several temporary homes across Edinburgh, including Meadowbank, Murrayfield and currently Myreside.

The back pitches at Murrayfield have long been viewed as ripe for development, especially as property values in the area are high.

Proposals have recently been floated for a hotel and flats on the site by developer Murrayfield 2020.

The development plans are likely to prove controversial as they involve building on green space within Edinburgh. Edinburgh Rugby last summer extended its agreement with George Watson’s College in a three-year deal to play their home games at Myreside, minus a few select fixtures.

This season has seen a big upturn in form for the pro-team, but attendances have stubbornly remained under the 4,000 mark.

A spokesman for Edinburgh Rugby declined to comment to The Scotsman, but indicated more details

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