We are delighted to announce Milton Keynes and stadiummk have been named as a potential host city and venue for Rugby World Cup 2015.
Milton Keynes has been placed on a ‘long list’ to be considered by England Rugby 2015 as a suitable setting for the competition. Hosting the tournament would represent a significant step towards the delivery of the city's International Sporting City strategy.
stadiummk, which is currently being extended to a 30,500 seater stadium and will be complete in 2013, has been listed alongside 17 other venues including Villa Park, Birmingham; Brighton Community Stadium, Brighton; Ashton Gate, Bristol; Millennium Stadium, Cardiff; Coventry Stadium, Coventry; Pride Park, Derby; Kingsholm, Gloucester; Elland Road, Leeds; Leicester City Stadium, Leicester; Olympic Stadium, London; Twickenham Stadium, London; Wembley Stadium, London; Old Trafford, Manchester; St James’ Park, Newcastle; St Mary’s Stadium, Southampton and Stadium of Light, Sunderland in the initial stage of the selection process, but England Rugby 2015 will decide on a maximum of 12 match venues for the tournament.
The Milton Keynes Major Event group, that includes Milton Keynes Dons Football Club and Milton Keynes Council officials, have already met England Rugby 2015 representatives for a site visit, and will continue to work together with other partners to produce a strong bid for stadiummk and Milton Keynes.
stadiummk has a proven track record of delivering top flight rugby events with great success. The first rugby union match to take place at MK1 saw Saracens host Bristol Rugby in 2008 and last year Northampton Saints played both their Heineken Cup Quarter-Final and Semi-Final matches at the venue in front of sell-out crowds.
Later this year the Aviva Premiership encounter between Saracens and Northampton Saints will also be staged at the home of MK Dons Football Club.
It is not the first time stadiummk has gained significant recognition for its fantastic facilities – the stadium was selected by England 2018 as one of their venues for the FIFA World Cup bid, which ultimately missed out to Russia.
Cllr. Andrew Geary, Leader of Milton Keynes Council said: “We are delighted to be included on the long list by England Rugby 2015 and we aim to deliver Rugby World Cup 2015 to the world. This is another opportunity to demonstrate what a great city this is to the widest possible audience.”
Milton Keynes Major Event group Chair and Chair of SEMLEP Ann Limb commented "Once again, Milton Keynes has been recognised as a fantastic location for a premier sports event. Bringing events such as this to Milton Keynes and the Region is a key economic activity that brings significant inward investment together with providing a once in a lifetime experience for all of our residents."
MK Dons Chairman Pete Winkelman said: “It is a fantastic achievement to have been recognised alongside some of the most prestigious sporting stadia in this country. As we have seen in recent years, stadiummk is a magnificent venue and it ticks all the boxes for international rugby.
is at the forefront of England Rugby 2015’s plans.”mkstadium“Our open concourse is used to its full potential and our excellent sight line combined with the tight proximity to the pitch creates a very special atmosphere. We have already received excellent support from our local rugby clubs, Northampton Saints and Milton Keynes Council, and together with the help of Milton Keynes we will strive to ensure