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  • Saracens Begin to Build at Barnet

    Saracens have announced that work on their new stadium has started. The project involves transforming the Barnet Copthall Stadium into a sports hub for community use as well as hosting the 2011 Aviva Premiership winners. Planning permission was granted by Barnet Council earlier this year and the work is expected to be completed by February 2013. The club intends to play their last five matches of the 2012-2013 season at the new ground.Sarries say they will offer Barnet borough residents "first p...

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  • Secretary of State Gives Green Light For Saracens Stadium

    The Secretary of State for communities and local government has given the all clear for Barnet Council to issue planning permission for Saracens’ revival of Copthall Stadium. In February, Mayor of London Boris Johnson’s office decided not to intervene in the decision by Barnet Councillors to approve Saracens’ planning application to convert Barnet Copthall into a stadium for community sport, athletics and rugby. This decision by the Secretary of State means the plans have been recognised...

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  • Saracens Get Council Planning Approval

    Saracens have had their planning application to improve Allianz Park approved by Barnet Council. The main element of the application is the replacement of the ageing West Stand with a new, modern stand which would consolidate and enhance the provision of community, education and sporting facilities at the stadium. Allianz Park, as a multi-use community stadium, has become a hub of community, education and sporting activity in Barnet and North London. The new stand provides the opportunity to bui...

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  • Barnet Copthall becomes Allianz Park

    The BBC have reported that Saracens have agreed an £8m deal which will see their new ground at Barnet being named Allianz Park. According to the bbc.co.uk, the six-year agreement with the German financial services company will defray part of the £20m cost of redeveloping the former Copthall Stadium. The ground is currently being transformed into a 10,000 capacity venue with a synthetic pitch. And the club plan to play their first Premiership fixture there against Exeter Chiefs on 16 February....

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  • Saracens Edge Closer to Synthetic Pitch

    Saracens took a step closer today to becoming the first professional rugby union club to play their home matches on a synthetic pitch.   Officers from the London Borough of Barnet have recommended the approval of plans made by Saracens to revive Barnet Copthall Stadium, which would involve the laying of a synthetic pitch. The Aviva Premiership champions would play up to 16 matches per year on the synthetic turf. At all other times (349 days) the facilities would be available to the local commun...

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  • Saracens Reveal Plans for the Upcoming Season

    Saracens will host Exeter Chiefs on February 16 in their first home match at Copthall Stadium, their new base in Barnet. Over the course of the next season, five of their home matches will be played in the new venue; five will be played at their current ground, Vicarage Road whilst Twickenham, Wembley Stadium, Stadium MK in Milton Keynes and another unspecified London location will each host one match. The club have also announced that two matches have been intentionally excluded from the seas...

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  • Broncos Seal Groundsharing Deal

    London Broncos have announced that they have completed a two-season ground share agreement with Barnet FC at their stadium and training base, The Hive, in north London. Although this is good news and it would seem to solve one of the club's immediate problems, there is still considerable work to be done to be a competitive and functioning Super League club in time for the beginning of the season. More announcements on the Broncos' situation are expected in due course.   Broncos chairman Davi...

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  • Sarries to Raise Investment in Barnet Copthall 'Beyond £16m'

    Saracens have revised their application to refurbish the Barnet Copthall stadium following a six-month consultation with residents, supporters, statutory bodies and other stakeholders.  According to club Chairman, Nigel Wray, "the revised application will raise the shareholders’ investment in the project beyond £16m" The improved proposals have been submitted to the London Borough of Barnet and full details of the changes are being made available to local residents.The key elements of the...

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  • Millennium Stadium to get artificial pitch?

    The Welsh Rugby Union has revealed that it is considering proposals to replace the grass pitch at the Millennium Stadium with an artificial one in the near future. The governing body is weighing up plans to follow in the footsteps of Saracens, who have installed such a surface at the new Allianz Park, largely because of the problems it has had with the natural pitch in the national stadium over the years. The turf is generally replaced several times per year at present and the steep stands and...

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  • Saracens To Run "Free-School"

    Saracens’ application to open a new secondary school within the Colindale area of Barnet has been approved by the Department for Education along with 76 other state-funded “free schools” in England. The Saracens High School Free School Trust will now continue to work with their partners to “deliver a vision for the school that will focus on academic excellence whilst also identifying and nurturing the interests and talents of every child” said a statement. The Saracens High School Free...

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