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Twickenham Stand to be redeveloped

Twickenham Stand to be redeveloped

The East Stand at Twickenham Rugby Stadium is to be redeveloped, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) has announced.

Although the pitch-facing seats and stadium shape will remain as they are, the back of the stand will be extended to add 10,750 sq ft of space, the RFU has said. This is being done to "improve the match day experience for supporters", the announcement stated.

Mace Construction will be carrying out the work, which is due to be completed in the autumn of 2018. Before that, a public consultation exercise will take place, with local residents, businesses and other interested parties being invited to visit the stadium and see presentations on the plans on May 31st and June 4th next year.

The extra space will be used to house more hospitality, food and conference facilities, with the extra revenue raised going towards the RFU's programmes to develop the sport at all levels across England.

Twickenham hosted the Rugby World Cup Final in 1991 and last year, but despite its iconic status, the RFU has always been willing to add new developments. With 82,000 seats in three decks below a cantilevered roof that sweeps around the ground, the venue is one of the most modern in the sport and also the largest dedicated rugby union stadium in the world. It is all a far cry from the venue's origins as a cabbage patch, before the land was bought by the RFU in 1907.

While Twickenham has undergone gradual development, other major rugby stadiums around Europe have either been rebuilt entirely or constructed from scratch. The former category includes the Aviva Stadium in Dublin and the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, which were rebuilt in place of the demolished old Lansdown Road and Cardiff Arms Park stadiums.

In the latter case, France moved its home matches from the Parc des Princes to the Stade de France, which was built for the 1998 football World Cup.

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