A J Bell Stadium

  • RugbyTradeDirectory Launched At AJ Bell Stadium Event

    Sportsglobal UK, the company behind the well-established Football Trade Directory have announced that Rugbytradedirectory.com (RTD) will be launched in July. RTD will produce a yearly book similar to the Football Trade Directory. The RTD will contain over 2000 companies covering the supply chain of the sport - from kit to pitch, Stadium access to digital signage, audio to catering, travel to ticketing and more. To celebrate the launch of RTD a first rugby networking event will take place on Thur...

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  • IKEA To Build Around AJ Bell As Loans Mount Up

    The AJ Bell Stadium is set to benefit from another £1 million in funding, taking the overall total of loans to over £25 million, as the land next to the ground is close to being sold to IKEA. The Swedish furnishing firm is preparing to purchase part of the 42-acre site surrounding the Stadium and Salford Council has revealed that it is to loan the Stadium company (jointly owned by the council and Peel Holdings) another £942,500 and that figure will be matched by Peel Holdings. The Stadium, sh...

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  • Sale Sharks Offer To Buy Stadium

    Sale Sharks owner, Simon Orange has disclosed that the club has made an offer to buy the AJ Bell Stadium. The Sharks are currently co-tenants of the 12,000 capacity Stadium with Super League team Salford Red Devils and have now approached the Peel Group and Salford City Council about the ownership of the ground. Orange - talking at the club’s media day this week - also revealed that if their offer to purchase the Stadium is declined, then they are ready to build a new Stadium of their own. "We...

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  • Salford Fans To Get Free Admission

    Salford owner Marwan Koukash has revealed that he is planning to let fans into the AJ Bell Stadium free of charge for the club’s next home game against Catalans Dragons. The millionaire racehorse owner made the announcement in his column in the Manchester Evening News and is hoping that the offer of free admission on July 5 will help to boost attendances after a crowd of under 2,000 turned up for the fixture against Huddersfield last month. Salford are currently sitting in 11th place in the Su...

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  • Bell rings the changes at St Helens

    Andy Bell has purchased a 16.4 per cent interest in the share capital of St Helens rugby league club from certain existing shareholders for an undisclosed sum. This makes him the second highest shareholder after chairman Eamonn McManus who holds a controlling interest. In addition, Donal McGuire, Paul Barrow and Chris Green have each retired from the board of directors.  Chairman Eamonn McManus stated: "I very much welcome Andy as a material shareholder in the club. He is a very able and succes...

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  • Sharks Announce New Sponsorship Deals

    Sale Sharks have announced that the Salford City Stadium, which they share with rugby league side Salford Red Devils, is to be renamed ‘The AJ Bell Stadium’ as part of a new sponsorship deal. The Sharks have the naming rights to the Stadium after purchasing them as part of a 25-year lease for the ground agreed over a year ago in April 2012 and they have now sold them to the Manchester-based investment firm. The Stadium has a capacity of around 12,000 and cost £26 million to build and, whi...

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  • U20 Championship Heading To Manchester

    Manchester is set to host the 2016 World Rugby U20 Championship after the Rugby Football Union (RFU) won the rights to host the event. The tournament, which is currently taking place in four locations across Italy, will be staged at the AJ Bell Stadium and the Manchester City Academy Stadium in June 2016. The Rugby World Cup is taking place in England later this year and RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie thinks that winning the rights to host the World Rugby U20 Championship next year as well will...

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  • Salford Losing Money On Home Games

    Salford Red Devils owner Marwan Koukash has revealed the club are losing money on home games at the AJ Bell Stadium due to rent charges and falling attendances. Koukash said the club could lose between £15,000 and £20,000 if the crowd for home games was below 3,000 - which it was last weekend for their fixture aginst Wakefield. He said: "It is in the top three most expensive Stadiums in Super League. Next year it will be the most expensive and the year after it will be 40% more expensive than...

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  • Sale Sharks Commit To Saturday Home Games

    Sale Sharks have confirmed that they will play their home games next season at the AJ Bell Stadium on Saturday afternoons at 2pm. Co-owner Brian Kennedy explained the club's decision to move to Saturday afternoon kick offs by suggesting that the switch is to benefit supporters, who have informed the club that Saturday games would make for a more relaxed journey. "The club have played Friday night rugby since 2002 but with the move to the new Stadium in 2012, the attendances have dropped off desp...

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  • Sharks Extend MBNA Sponsorship

    Sale have renewed their sponsorship deal with main shirt sponsor MBNA for a further two years, meaning that the firm's logo will remain on both the home and away playing shirts for the next couple of seasons. The Chester-based credit card provider, which originally signed a three-year deal back in 2011, has opted to extend the agreement a year early to take it to the end of 2015/16 season and it will also continue its sponsorship of the main stand at the AJ Bell Stadium. The deal was announc...

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