Edinburgh Rugby have confirmed that the City of Edinburgh Council has granted a building warrant to enable the club to begin construction on a purpose-built 7,800 capacity stadium on the back pitches of Murrayfield.
Edinburgh has worked closely with both Scottish Rugby and The City of Edinburgh Council over recent months on the detail of the plans. This outcome allows construction on the stadium to start in autumn this year, with a view to it being ready for the club to play in its new home from the beginning of the 2020/21 season.
Until then, the Edinburgh will continue to play home fixtures on the main international pitch at Murrayfield for the entirety of the 2019/20 campaign whilst it is constructed.
This is underpinned by the coming season’s season ticket membership sales having already reached record levels, as supporters continue to back Richard Cockerill and his squad.
Managing director Douglas Struth said: “While this has clearly been a difficult process and more drawn-out than we had envisaged, we are delighted to have now been granted a building warrant by The City of Edinburgh Council.
“This now allows us to move forward with what is clearly a pivotal and game-changing project for the club.
“I’d like to thank all those who continue to work proactively within the project as we now move into a build-phase, as well as The City of Edinburgh Council for concluding the building warrant process with us.
“I’d also like to thank the club’s supporters for their continued patience throughout this period and for buying season ticket memberships in such numbers.
“I believe this is a really exciting time to be an Edinburgh Rugby supporter and I would urge our fans to get behind the team over the coming season as we prepare to move into our new home.”
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