Rugby World Cup 2015: Longlist of Venues

The following longlist of venues for Rugby World Cup 2015 has been released today by England Rugby 2015.

England Rugby1. Villa Park, Birmingham
2. Brighton Community Stadium, Brighton
3. Ashton Gate, Bristol
4. Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
5. Coventry Stadium, Coventry
6. Pride Park, Derby
7. Kingsholm, Gloucester
8. Elland Road, Leeds
9. Leicester City Stadium, Leicester
10. Olympic Stadium, London
11. Twickenham Stadium, London
12. Wembley Stadium, London
13. Old Trafford, Manchester
14. Stadiummk, Milton Keynes
15. St James’ Park, Newcastle
16. St Mary’s Stadium, Southampton
17. Stadium of Light, Sunderland

The list will be reduced to ‘up to 12’ by early next year, and presumably the Rugby World Cup fixtures and tickets will be released not long afterwards.

Andy Cosslett, England Rugby 2015 Chairman, commented:“The selection of the long list of potential venues represents an exciting milestone for Rugby World Cup 2015, when fans up and down the country can begin to get excited about the prospect of one of sport’s greatest events coming to their local city or town.

“Our vision for Rugby World Cup 2015 is to ensure that we take this prestigious tournament to as many parts of the country as possible and we believe that the geographical spread of venues selected will enable us to maximise the reach of the tournament. In addition, we will be selecting further venues for training and team base camps that will ensure that the rugby community is at the very heart of Rugby World Cup 2015.

What do you think? Are there any notable venues missing?

17 thoughts on “Rugby World Cup 2015: Longlist of Venues

  1. Erm, why is there virtually no rugby grounds in there? Why football stadiums? I appreciate having a few big stadia, but half empty stadiums will detract from the atmosphere

  2. No Sandy Park on this list is a travesty. Great Stadium and loyal rugby fans. Why all the football stadiums? What on earth are those rugby hotspots of Southampton and Brighton doing on the list? Why not reward the rugby clubs with the fixtures? The fans know where to go. The facilities are there. If anyone travels from Cornwall, it is at least two hours to Bristol and could be 3 and half tops. Exeter would knock an hour and a quarter off that travel time.

  3. Absolute joke with the lack of Welford Road. I’ve been to see rugby at the crisp bowl and it just doesn’t work. Poor decision.

  4. Welford Road is the only missing one that I can think of.

    Would have loved it to go to Sandy Park but it’s too small if they are going to average 60K per game. Pity that our ground redevelopment will be a couple of years too late :(

  5. A lack of rugby grounds is disappointing, but I guess that they expect people to file in for the matches in football grounds, even if people don’t normally attend rugby, just because it is the world cup. And to be honest, that is probably what is going to happen.

  6. I swear it’s England 2015, not GB 2015?

    Sarcasm aside, I appreciate the need to spread the tournament nation-wide, but playing games at OT, the Sports Direct Arena (no longer St James’ Park) and the Stadium of Light is ambitious to say the least.

    Everyone wants to see this competition be as big an event as European Championship or World Cup, but the fact of the matter is the majority of these stadiums will be empty. Would you not rather give travelling rugby fans the chance to see real English stadiums like Welford Road, Franklins Gardens and Sale’s new ground? This would be far more representative of rugby in this country and give travelling fans the chance experience our grounds, but (crucially), of course, no where near as lucrative.

    The concrete bowls proposed are great when full but cold, dull and uninspiring when only two stands are in use.

  7. Their hands are probably tied. It would be difficult for them to sell the 2.9 million tickets which covers the 80 million quid guarantee that goes to the irb for the rights to host it. Football stadiums will detract from the mood, but surely everyone here would love to be sitting in the Olympic stadium during Argentina v italy.

  8. There is obviously a good spread in terms of geography, it is a difficult job to get the travel time perfect for everyone to see matches but I think they have done well.

    It would be nice to have more rugby stadiums but as James pointed out, they need to sell 2.9 million tickets, so you can see why they needed to use the football stadiums in order to do so.

    Real rugby fans will still go to matches no matter the stadium so it should not detract from which I am sure will be a great spectacle and a brilliant tournament.

  9. I can understand using football stadia to accommodate bigger crowds, but think they should only be used where absolutely necessary and where rugby can’t offer a credible alternative.

    Welford Rd (24,500) is not significantly enough smaller than Leicester City stadium (32,312) to justify using a football stadium.

    Brighton (27,350) is only a bit bigger than Welford Rd and who gives a toss about rugby in Brighton??

    On the subject of locals not giving a toss, Newcastle, Sale and possibly Leeds are the only reasons any of these matches should be played oop north. Why should the rest of us have to hike all the bloody way up there?

    If you must use football stadia, what’s wrong with the Madejski (24,161)? At least rugby is regularly played there and Reading must be one of the easiest places for the majority of fans, including international ones (especially if they arrive at Heathrow) to get to as well.

  10. The list makes no sense to true rugby fans. The (high)tickets prices and merchandise will bring in the required profit.

    What is wrong with Welford Road!!!! It hosts the visiting touring teams (South Africa, Australia, New Zealand Maori, India), hosted Italy vs Tonga game in 1999, has a huge local following guaranteeing a sell out and suppliers a large portion of the England & Saxon teams. You would think that deserves some reward. It could be developed futher give the nod and time scale available.

    Why is Gloucester the only regional rugby club listed?

    London Irish has a big stadium and good transport arrangements from the airport, M4 (London & Wales)

    You will only need Newcastle or Sunderland

    Granted Old Trafford (or Man City) makes sense

    I will bet my mortgage only one will be chosen from Coventry, Leicester or Derby and they will get minor nations games so will struggle to fill

    Brighton & Southampton is pandering to Londoners (again) as there is no local support and difficult to get to from anywhere else

    Did the RFU do a deal to get the Welsh vote and use the Millennium if not why not Northern Ireland or Scotland (there are big grounds available) if you are truly regionalising?

    Seems like palms are being greased or it is a norow sighted old boys network again MISSING THE POINT!

  11. I think that this list is disgraceful. Surely it is better to get 15,00 true rugby fans at the World Cup rather than 60,000 just there because it’s a World Cup. And when Namibia play Scotland, are 45,000 going too turn up at Anfield. And Twickenham has to hold the final! Here is my selection of stadiums;

    Millennium Stadium
    Recreation Ground
    Ashton Gate
    Welford Road
    Kingston Park
    Salford City Stadium
    Old Trafford
    Franklin’s Garden
    Headlingly Carniege Stadium

    Maybe their isn’t a North-South balance but I think they’re all well known grounds and if I’m honest, I’d rather go too Gloucester than Liverpool to watch rugby.

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