Warriors General Manager Charlie Little has vowed new-look Sixways Stadium will be one of the best in Europe when it is complete – and now we have the picture to prove it!
Sixways is currently undergoing a radical transformation as part of the on-going £23million redevelopment programme.
The ambitious plans, that have changed the face of the club in just a few months, include improved infrastructure with a new roundabout and three-lane access to Sixways, car parking for up to 1,300 vehicles and underpass beneath Pershore Lane to link the club to the relocated pitches and changing facilities.
The new stadium complex, in terms of the new road system, should be ready to go for the visit of Leicester Tigers in the Guinness Premiership on Saturday, March 8.
The development has been clear to see in recent months with the old training pitches replaced by car parking and Weston Land now hosting a new roundabout and road network.
However, with all the diggers on site and main contractors Laser hard at work it can be hard to imagine what Sixways will look like – until this wonderful image (see above) was produced by Robert West that shows the new stadium complex on top of the existing site.
“It has been a mammoth project, but it is fantastic to see it falling into place, albeit a little later than originally planned, and this image really shows what we can expect from new-look Sixways Stadium,” said Little.
“This development will be the latest piece of the jigsaw, which is making Sixways into a fantastic all-round venue. In terms of infrastructure and access, it will make us without doubt the best rugby club in the country.
“We have grown phenomenally quickly as a club, so in terms of the stadium itself, we haven’t been able to build an all-new complex. We have had to increase our site bit by bit, but our ambitions – for both the team and the stadium – are to become one of the very best in Europe.
The Warriors chief also revealed the club is now busy working on potential plans to develop the East Stand alongside the North Stand that has already been granted planning permission.
“With the East Stand being close to the pitch and having space behind it, it means we can put in plans to extend the stand and include corporate boxes and restaurants. That would bring a quicker return in terms of development costs because the boxes and restaurant will generate extra revenue,” he said.
“It is something we are seriously looking into and we have decided to reappraise the situation regarding the building work on the North Stand.”
Little added: “The improvements we are currently making to our infrastructure will enable us to take the club to the next stage. We want to be competitive with the likes of Leicester and Gloucester.
“At the moment, Gloucester can hold around 16,000 whereas Leicester have 16,500 but have plans in place to increase that over the 20,000 mark.
“We believe we can deliver that and we won’t be resting on our laurels. Our new traffic systems would allow a maximum attendance of 20,000 and that is our target within five years.”