Kingston Park

  • Newcastle To Install 3G Pitch At Kingston Park

    Newcastle Falcons are the latest elite rugby club in the UK to install a 3G playing surface, following an announcement that artificial turf will be used at Kingston Park next season and beyond. The surface is being installed by artificial pitch providers SIS Pitches, who were also responsible for the installation of the 3G pitch at Saracens’ Allianz Park. Cardiff Blues also have an artificial surface in place at the BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park. Kingston Park's grass pitch has experienced a num...

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  • Newcastle Seek Council Loan To Buy Back Kingston Park

    A report in the Newcastle Chronicle has revealed that Newcastle Falcons are seeking a loan from the local council in order to buy back Kingston Park stadium. Newcastle City Council are reportedly considering brokering a multi-million pound loan for the Aviva Premiership club, details of which will be discussed at a closed session of its business cabinet this week. The Falcons currently lease the ground from landlords Northumbria University and have two years remaining on the deal. The loan was s...

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  • Newcastle Buy Back Kingston Park

    Newcastle Rugby has confirmed that it has bought back Kingston Park after selling the ground to Northern Rock in 2007. The company, which owns both Newcastle Falcons and Newcastle Thunder, has purchased the freehold of Kingston Park from Northumbria University – the university bought the stadium from Northern Rock in 2008. Northumbria's men's and women's rugby union and rugby league teams will still train and play games at Kingston Park over the next 10 years after it was agreed that the two p...

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  • Hull KR End Stadium Sponsorship Deal

    Hull Kingston Rovers have brought one of its major sponsorship deals to an end ahead of schedule in the past week as MS3 Communications' naming rights agreement for Craven Park has been cancelled. The Robins' home will now revert back to being referred to just as Craven Park, unless a replacement is found in the coming weeks and months, as opposed to MS3 Craven Park just two years into what was supposed to be a five-year deal. The club signed a naming rights agreement with MS3 Communicatio...

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  • University buys Kingston Park

    Northumbria University has bought Newcastle Falcons' Kingston Park rugby ground from Northern Rock. The University believes the ground is of strategic importance to the future of the sport and has announced ambitious plans to work with the Falcons to develop the UK's first-ever rugby-based Centre of Sporting Excellence at Kingston Park. Commenting on the acquisition, Northumbria University's vice-chancellor and chief executive, Professor Andrew Wathey said: “The University has enjoyed strong l...

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  • Greene King Backs Falcons & Thunder

    ... agreement will see Greene King IPA become the Falcons’ principal partner with immediate effect until summer 2017 and the home shirt sponsors of Newcastle Thunder for the 2016 season as well. Greene King has also been given exclusive pouring rights at Kingston Park stadium for the next five years. The Greene King IPA logo will be displayed on the front of the Falcons’ home and away shirts for the remainder of the 2015-16 season, as well as all shirts for the 2016-17 season. The logo will als...

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  • Gateshead Thunder In Newcastle Name Change

    ... North East, have confirmed a change of name to Newcastle Thunder. The change has been approved by the Rugby Football League and takes place with immediate effect. The club has also applied to Newcastle City Council to officially change home venue to Kingston Park to groundshare with partner club Newcastle Falcons. The name change and proposed move will see professional rugby league return to Newcastle for the first time in 77 years. Along with the name change comes a new, updated logo, though t...

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  • Interview: Hogan on the Falcons

    The Rugby Paper last week ran a great Q&A with Newcastle Falcons MD Mick Hogan. In it he discusses the new 4G pitch, buying back Kingston Park, the Falcons' plan to break even, the impact of RWC on the region and the possibility of staging a Big Game sometime soon. Read here: Rugby Paper Interview with Mick Hogan See also: Hogan Appointed Falcons MD Hogan Striving For Falcons & RWC Success Falcons Suffer £3.6m Loss in 2013-4...

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  • Hudgell To Stop Financing Hull KR

    Hull Kingston Rovers chairman Neil Hudgell is to step down at Craven Park at the end of the season, according to BBC Sport. In the wake of his side's record 84-6 Easter defeat by Super League leaders Wigan, Hudgell no longer believes that the current board have the resources to take Rovers to the next step. "The penny's dropped," Hudgell told BBC Radio Humberside. "I can't achieve the ambition I want for the club. "Why should we lump in effectively half a million a year just to stand still?" Ple...

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  • KR Join Rivals With KC Naming Rights Deal

    Hull Kingston Rovers have revealed that they have signed a new five-year naming rights deal for their Craven Park ground with communications provider KC. It is unclear how much the local firm, which also has the naming rights for local rivals Hull FC’s stadium until 2025, has paid for the rights but the ground will be renamed the KC Lightstream Stadium with immediate effect. KC Lightstream is the name of the company’s superfast fibre broadband service and director of business and consumer s...

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