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Bath look set to leave the Recreation Ground


Bath look to have given up any hope of building a new stadium at the Recreation Ground after confirming it is looking for other sites close by.

"The club are actively looking for alternative locations in the city," said Bath chief exec Nick Blofeld.

"And as part of this are exploring part of the Western Riverside site."

Bath are looking to build a new 20,000- seater stadium but want to extend their lease on the Rec which would then play host to ladies, mini and youth rugby.

The club's attempt at redeveloping the ground has been a long-running saga made all the more complex due to multiple organisations being involved in the decision-making process.

This includes the local council, the Recreation Ground Trust and the Charity Commission.

In a statement the club said: "It appears at present the long term future of the professional club may not be able to be accommodated at the Rec within the emerging constraints of the growing public and commercial demand for a 20,000 capacity."

Blofeld added: "We must now progress as quickly as possible to secure the future of Bath Rugby in the heart of Bath for the benefit of the Club and its loyal supporters."

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