Sale confirm departure from Edgeley Park for 2012/2013

Sale Sharks have confirmed this morning that from next season they will play at Salford City Stadium, ending a nine year association with Edgeley Park. The current ground, owned by Stockport County, was the fortress behind domestic success in 2006 when Sale won the Premiership title, but the need for a larger capacity ground in recent years has forced the club to look elsewhere.

The Sharks have signed a 25 year lease (with a review period after five seasons) and will begin life at their new home ground in August 2012 with a high profile friendly against current European Champions Leinster. They will share the brand new 12,000 capacity stadium with Salford City Reds Rugby League Club.

Co-owner Ian Blackhurst has said:

“This is a tremendous move for Sale Sharks and the first class facilities at the Salford City Stadium will provide a great platform as we aim to become one of the top club rugby union sides in Europe. We believe that more supporters, sponsors and corporate guests will be attracted by the modern and comfortable surroundings that the new stadium offers. The more we grow our support base, the more we can invest in the team and our support programmes and this investment will give us a greater chance of success.

The position of the Salford City Stadium at the intersection of a number of major motorways makes us accessible to more people across the north west of England. It is also closer to our historical roots in Sale. We will be implementing a comprehensive travel and transport plan to ensure that as many of our current supporters can continue to attend home games. Their support has always been important to us.

Edgeley Park has been a real home from home for us since 2004. However despite it being a really iconic ground it continues to fail the Professional Game Board’s Minimum Standards Criteria, resulting in considerable additional expense via fines and upgrade work.”

Steve Diamond has also added:

“I’m delighted to be moving to the Salford City Stadium and the wonderful facilities that it offers everyone connected to the club. The stadium will no doubt assist in the recruitment and retention of world class players and the full sized pitch will allow us to play the fast, expansive game that we have committed to as a team. We are building a Northern Super Club and the stadium is a vital component of that plan.”

3 thoughts on “Sale confirm departure from Edgeley Park for 2012/2013

  1. I’ve been to the new stadium twice for two Salford City Reds games. Firstly for a team that is signing a host of stars it’s great news! Facilities wise everything is there to make Sale Sharks a force in the Northern Hemisphere. Great news!

  2. Good that Sale are getting back to their roots. I’ve always hated rugby clubs playing at football stadiums and Edgeley Park was an absolute toilet of a ground, the worst in the league.

    I have no real love for Sale but it is important that they can prosper as it is so important for the game in England to have a strong representation from the North.

  3. It’s great that Sale are moving to Salford – it’s a proper rugby stadium and much closer to their roots… but am I the only one seriously struggling to envisage them becoming a great NW powerhouse as they keep referring to. The NW is football heartland, not to mention rugby league.. and it will take more than just a bit of success and a new stadium to draw in the crowds from rival sports, let alone clubs.

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