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Scarlets stadium work goes online

Llanelli Scarlets' new stadium under construction
Progress at the site is being updated weekly on the club's website

Llanelli Scarlets fans around the world will be able to follow progress online on their new 14,340 capacity stadium.

Work is finally underway on the 23m ground at Pemberton that will replace Stradey Park after months of delays.

The region aim to play their first game there before the end of the year and as the stadium takes shape photos will be posted on its website weekly.

Managing director Gareth Davies said it would create an "historic archive" of the development.

"Fans can go to our website and follow construction progress," he said.

"This wonderful photographic record of the stadium's construction will then be available forever.

"Stradey Park has been a great home to us for almost 130 years, and that won't be forgotten at the new stadium - but it's important to record how our outlook is being transformed as rugby's professional era develops.

The archive will be important to local and social historians for many years to come
Richard Griffiths, Buzinet

"We'll be moving into a truly 21st Century arena that will give our fans, commercial partners and clients an unmatched experience."

Photos of the stadium construction are being taken several times a week by Peter Rees, a photographer with web design, graphic design and branding agency Buzinet.

Buzinet managing director Richard Griffiths said: "The archive is already impressive and informative, and it will be important to local and social historians for many years to come."

Among the features on the ground floor of the main stand will be a Scarlets shop and museum, a large sports bar, players' gym and changing facilities.

Upper floors include large eating and drinking areas and 15 hospitality boxes.

The complex also includes a sports barn, training pitch and athletics facility.

The project has been delayed by two public inquiries into plans to redevelop Stradey Park with up to 450 homes. Money from the sale of the land is being used by the club to finance the new stadium.

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