Saracens have announced today that they are moving from Vicarage Road to a new ground in Barnet, where there is an artificial pitch.
The RFU and IRB have apparently granted permission for Saracens to play their home matches on the artificial pitch, and have applied for permission to develop Barnet Copthall Stadium, currently home to the Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers, into “a vibrant, multi-purpose sports venue, with real benefits for the entire community.”
Chairman Nigel Wray said: “There is a unique opportunity to create a fabulous stadium. Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers would thrive, Saracens would use the artificial turf pitch around 16 times per year, and the rest of the time – up to 350 days per year – the field could be used by schools, local clubs and the wider community.
“Barnet Copthall would also become a new hub for the award-winning Saracens Foundation, which has been working with more than 500,000 young people in London over the past decade, improving lives by running various courses that link education and sport.
“It goes without saying we will consult widely and extensively with the local community and stakeholders to establish a proper dialogue and ensure we create an asset that meets all the requirements of local residents and sports clubs.
“In the process, we will create a home for Saracens, an ambitious club playing entertaining rugby in a superb stadium, an institution which will make the people of Barnet and all North London can feel proud for many years to come.”
Listen to Nick Heath’s interview with Nigel Wray by clicking below:[podcast]/Podcasts/NigelWraySaracens.mp3[/podcast]
For those that don’t normally get along to see the Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers, and anyone else wondering where Barnet Copthall Stadium actually is, here is a map: