Wakefield Trinity stadium update as chairman outlines exciting redevelopment plans

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Wakefield Trinity stadium update as chairman outlines exciting redevelopment plans

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It's a stadium saga that has lasted years, but finally there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Wakefield Trinity chairman John Minards has voiced his confidence that the long-standing redevelopment plans for Belle Vue will finally bear fruit in the club’s 150th anniversary year in 2023.

Trinity bought the freehold on the stadium and surrounding land in March 2019 and last November they submitted a planning application to Wakefield MDC for the redevelopment of part of its stadium.

That application will be considered at a planning committee meeting on December 16 as the club seek to redevelop the East Stand and North Stand terrace at their historic home.

Minards told Rugby League Live: “You could argue the stadium saga at Wakefield goes back the thick end of 50 years because as long as I can remember – and I have been following the club since the 1970s – there have been plans to redevelop Belle Vue.

But of course it has never happened and there has been very little forward progress.

“However, we acquire the freehold of the ground and the piece of land adjacent to the stadium in March 2019, with the aid of a loan from the council.

That was phase one, so we own the ground again and that was a really good move.

“Interrupted of course by the pandemic during the past 18 months or so, we have been on a journey to put together a deal to finance the rebuild of just over half the ground.

I now feel confident that – and whilst you can never say never and nothing is ever certain until it’s done – we have a fully funded scheme that we will seek to gain planning permission for next month.

“By the end of it, we will have probably spent somewhere in the region of £12million and what we will do is build a new East Stand.

“The existing Main Stand – the only stand with seats in it – will come down and be replaced by a modern, 2,500-seater stand with changing facilities.

“It will also have a restaurant facility at the top for hospitality on matchdays and indeed on non-matchdays.

“That will be the flagship but we will also turn our attention to the North Stand terrace, which will get a makeover – a resurfacing and a repainting which will get that up to modern safe-standing standards.

“That’s quite a big piece of work as well and then we will take the building which is in the south-east corner of the ground – where the changing rooms are now – and completely transform it.

“They will become modern community changing rooms, so we will have two lots of changing rooms for when we have double-headers.

“They will also be for community use and there will be a gym and disabled facility in there too.

“There will be exercise and dance studios as well for use by the community as well as the club, plus a retail outlet and a community café.

“That corner will become known as the community hub and then the final work will be the car park at Belle Vue.”

Aside from the North and East Stands, further work is being carried out to drag the historic site up to modern-day standards.

The scheme will be the most significant work on the ground in 75 years and Minards added: “The car park will be resurfaced and turned into what a car park should look like.

“The whole frontage, leading into the new East Stand, will be transformed.

“And we’ve already as a club replaced the floodlights, which was part of the scheme as well.

“We’ve got four brand new floodlights which have not all been used yet, but they will be for the new season.

“We will have a new big screen on a permanent basis, rather than just having it when Sky are here.

“And ultimately we intend to put down a 4G pitch so that we can have multiple games on the same day, use it throughout the week and train on it.

“It will be used by the club but also the community – schools, colleges and whoever wants to come and use it.

“We won’t be touching the West Terrace or the South Stand, where the hospitality is at the moment. That’s for another day.

“But this whole package delivers for the community and also for the club in terms of it being part of a business plan which supports the club going forward.


“For completion, if everything went perfectly, we would be hoping to open the doors on the new stand in the middle of the 2023 season.

“We can’t take the planning process for granted but if we get the green light then we could start work, underground probably, in February or March of 2022.

It’s a 77-week build, so we’re very much hoping that when we get to our 150th anniversary year in 2023 it will be complete.

“Some of it will be ready along the way. Like I say, we have done the floodlights already and the big screen and North Terrace will be done by then.

“But we hope to have the flagship East Stand fully functioning by July 2023 in our 150th anniversary year.”

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Re: Wakefield Trinity stadium update as chairman outlines exciting redevelopment plans

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Another club whose ground leaves a lot to be desired & got away for years when “licensing” was supposed to encourage all clubs that stadiums had to meet a certain criteria!

All Wakey did in all this time was to put a roof over the away end which was promptly took over by the home fans relegating away fans to the uncovered side! 🤨
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Re: Wakefield Trinity stadium update as chairman outlines exciting redevelopment plans

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all lancashire Superleague and good championship sides have new/upgraded grounds, they get away with murder over the hill
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Re: Wakefield Trinity stadium update as chairman outlines exciting redevelopment plans

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have i missed something and its actually 1st April :lol: :lol:

both Cas and Wakey come up with new ground updates with a day of each other, and good chance neither will get off the ground for the 20th year running
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Re: Wakefield Trinity stadium update as chairman outlines exciting redevelopment plans

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From a Wigan fans perspective, doesn't really have much impact if it takes place or its shelved.

Personally, I think one or two grounds with 'old world charm' is something to embrace because eventually they ofcourse will be fazed out and I think they have character.

Do grounds like Cas and Wakey cast a shadow over the game, not for my money, equally so, if either team got a flash brand new all seater stadium, would their ST sales increase?

Teams like Cas, Wakefield and if Salford move to a smaller stadium offer more than just the ground to SL.
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salford have moved to a smaller staidium which is very good
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