Wakefield Wildcats have unveiled plans for a new 12,000 capacity stadium. The development will be undertaken by Yorkcourt Properties and a community trust. It will be chaired by former Rugby Football League chairman Sir Rodney Walker.
The Yorkshire club secured their licence to play in Super League until 2011 but need a new ground or may have it rescinded. The club have been at Belle Vue since 1878 but the ground does not meet current Super League licence criteria. Clubs had to apply for the three-year licences that were awarded in July 2008 for a three-season period starting from 2009. The criteria for the licence included the quality of a club’s stadium and a capacity of at least 12,000.
The new stadium will be close to junction 30 of the M62 and chairman Ted Richardson said: (quote) This is very exciting for rugby in the district. There have been a number of false dawns, we are confident that this is a deliverable plan and should safeguard the future of the club for many, many years to come. We are under enormous pressure to be playing in a stadium which lives up to the world-class rugby league being played in Super League.(end quote).