Edinburgh Rugby given approval to build ‘mini Murrayfield’ home stadium

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Edinburgh Rugby has been given the green light to build a brand-new 7,800-seater home stadium next door to Scotland’s largest stadium, Murrayfield.

The City of Edinburgh approved a detailed planning application submitted by Scottish Rugby back in May of this year, which will see the club build a venue with four stands, covered seating and a new synthetic 3G pitch.

“After many years of exhausting all the potential stadium and playing ground options for Edinburgh in the local area, we have taken the initiative and will be investing ourselves to develop a venue that can help the team to grow and provide a great spectator experience,” said Dominic McKay, CEO of Scottish Rugby, in a statement earlier this year.

“We are fortunate to have space within the BT Murrayfield campus to comfortably accommodate this planned new facility and retain practice pitches for all elements of rugby.

“We see this as adding increased flexibility to the BT Murrayfield site and believe we have submitted a robust, sensible application and hope it will be viewed favourably.”

Following the use of a number temporary venues, the club had moved back into Murrayfield Stadium for home matches but will now hope to settle into its new ground by the start of the 2019-2020 season.

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