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Wildcats to unveil stadium plans

Wakefield's new stadium plan
Wakefield's original stadium plans were rejected by the council

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have confirmed that the design plans for their new Community Stadium will be finalised within the next few weeks.

The club hope to relocate to a new 12,000 facility near junction 30 of the M62 in accordance with the next round of Super League licence applications.

"We knew having a new stadium was vital to the 2010 applications," said chairman Ted Richardson.

"We are on course to deliver concrete proof of the progress we have made."

Wakefield were one of five clubs to receive a letter from the Rugby Football League reminding them of their requirement to upgrade their facilities.

Richardson added: "The letter was a reminder to all the clubs of the importance of having new stadia and we welcome that as an indication of where this sport wants to be."

Neighbours and fierce rivals Castleford Tigers and Featherstone Rovers are also both looking to build new stadia.

Like Wakefield, the Tigers are also aware that their next Super League licence could hinge on the progress of their new facilities, while Featherstone are also likely to put in an application in 2012.

All three clubs are looking for funding from the Wakefield District Council.

We, as a council, are doing all we can to make sure our clubs have the facilities they need to be successful

Councillor Denise Jeffery

The deputy leader of Wakefield Council, Councillor Denise Jeffery, said: "We are working with all three rugby league clubs in the district and have been looking at innovative ways to support them.

"We are now using council land assets to help them realise their aspirations and to have facilities fit for Super League status.

"We have agreed to give the clubs 12 months to develop their plans and then we will review progress.

"Rugby league is part of the district's rich culture and heritage and we, as a council, are doing all we can to make sure our clubs have the facilities they need to be successful."

At a meeting of the club's community trustees last week it was decided that land granted by the council would be put into the control of the community trust.

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