City's home selected for Rugby World Cup
- 02 May 2013 16:02
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
City’s stadium has been announced as a host venue for the Rugby World Cup 2015, and will be the only stadium to stage an England game outside Twickenham.
On 10 October, the home of the Blues will be packed with England fans cheering on their team as they seek to qualify for the tournament’s knock-out stages.
A World Cup winner with England, and big City fan, Will Greenwood reacted to the news.
The 13 Match Venues and Host Cities selected are: Twickenham Stadium (London), Wembley Stadium (London), Olympic Stadium (London), Millennium Stadium (Cardiff), Manchester City Stadium (Manchester), St James’ Park (Newcastle), Elland Road (Leeds), Leicester City Stadium (Leicester), Villa Park (Birmingham), Kingsholm Stadium (Gloucester), stadiummk (Milton Keynes), Brighton Community Stadium (Brighton) and Sandy Park (Exeter).
By taking the game to ten cities across the country, England Rugby 2015 will aim to showcase the game to a large audience across the length and breadth of the nation. The Match Schedule will see 25 matches played in dedicated Rugby venues, seven in multi-event stadia and 16 in football venues. This blend of stadia will provide over two million opportunities for fans to engage with one of the world’s largest sports events.
Click here to view the full Rugby World Cup 2015 Match Schedule.
Confirmation of the Match Venues and Match Schedule follows approval from the RWCL Board and an extensive and thorough evaluation process, undertaken by England Rugby 2015 in collaboration with RWCL, Host Broadcaster ITV, and commercial stakeholders.
Tom Glick, City's Chief Commercial and Operating Officer, said: "It is a huge honour for Manchester City Football Club to provide our stadium as a venue for the only RWC 2015 England fixture to be played outside Twickenham. Our experience in delivering an array of non football events ranging from live concerts to rugby league, together with our leading catering and entertainment facilities both inside and outside the stadium, means we are well placed to host an event of such prestige in the world rugby calendar.
"I am also delighted that the East Manchester community in which we reside will once again be the focal point for sporting excellence. The sports-led regeneration of this area now sees rugby union added to cycling, tennis and of course Premier League football as a clear legacy of the Commonwealth Games over a decade ago."
England Rugby 2015 Chief Executive, Debbie Jevans, commented: “The world can now start planning for Rugby World Cup 2015. Today, we’ve brought the Tournament to life, announcing the Match Venues and the full Match Schedule. In less than two and a half years' time, we will be welcoming the world to England and to a celebration of Rugby, played in a range of atmospheric stadiums right across the country.”
RWCL Chairman Bernard Lapasset commented: “The delivery of the Match Schedule and Match Venues in collaboration with England Rugby 2015 is an important milestone for what promises to be a truly spectacular Rugby World Cup. Through this rigorous process we have been able to develop solid foundations for the best tournament experience for all participating teams, the host nation and the global Rugby community.”