In September 2019, work began to provide Edinburgh Rugby with a new stadium. The development of the club’s new home follows a period that saw Edinburgh Rugby play at several different venues in the Scottish Capital. The new stadium has provided a permanent ground for the club to host their home fixtures beginning at the start of their 2020/2021 season.
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The new stadium, which is located on the back pitches of BT Murrayfield’s Stadium, consists of four covered seating grandstands and three covered standing spectator terraces, including a disabled viewing platform to provide for all of Edinburgh Rugby’s dedicated fanbase. The stands were constructed by Arena Events Group.
Malcolm Construction were the main contractor on this project, working directly for Scottish Rugby Union (SRU), undertaking all aspects of the ground works and mechanical and electrical installations from the beginning of the project to the end.
The foundations for the stadium began in February 2020. These were followed by the installation of four brand new floodlights before the pandemic sadly halted the project. However, as of June 2020 the construction team were back on site to make steady progress with the project’s groundworks including drainage trench works and drainage for the stand roof.
After a few months of battling the elements the stand was finally completed in November 2020.
Head Coach Richard Cockerill said: “The new stand is very impressive. Edinburgh Rugby has been looking for a home for long time and we now have a permanent one. We are looking forward to training here and getting tickets sold to play in front of a sold-out crowd once Covid19 is under control.”