Twickenham Roof Repairs Deepen Cash Crisis

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1 April 2019

The Rugby Football Union’s financial crisis deepened on last week with news from Gavin Mairs writing in The Telgraph that the governing body faces a multi-million pound bill to replace the roofs of three of the four stands at Twickenham Stadium.

It is understood a recent structural inspection of the stadium revealed the roofs over the north, west and east stands, the latter which has just undergone an £81 million redevelopment for hospitality facilities, will have to replaced.

The news is a further blow to the RFU’s attempts to reduce its cost base as the governing body must make savings of up to £10 million in the next financial year because of its troubled financial position, with losses of more than £11 million forecast for next year.

RFU council sources said the stadium inspection revealed the plastic roofs had all exceeded their normal lifespan of 25 years, with the north stand’s roof now 28 years old and the other two 26 years old.

The full cost of the project, which will be carried out over the next two years, has not yet been finalised, but it is certain to be a seven-figure expenditure. It is not yet clear what affect the refurbishment will have for England supporters.

The community game is also bracing itself for cuts of up to £5 million next year and The Daily Telegraph has also learnt the artificial grass pitch programme, which was stopped last year as part of the cost-cutting review that included redundancies

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