The Arms Park, Odsal And Newlands Rumoured To Be Changing Hands

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8 August 2018

Iconic stadiums Cardiff Arms Park, Bradford's Odsal and Newlands in Cape Town are rumoured to be changing hands. 

The Welsh Rugby Union are bidding to buy Cardiff Arms Park in an effort to maximise hospitality revenue at their big Principality Stadium events WalesOnline understands.

If successful, it would give the WRU control of the iconic Arms Park venue used by Cardiff Blues and Cardiff RFC. There is some suggestion Cardiff Athletic Club, who own the venue, would be offered £20million for the freehold.

However, any sale is likely to meet stiff resistance from some members of the Athletic Club, who lease the rugby ground out to the Blues and the semi-pro Principality Premiership side.

The lack of hospitality in and around the Principality Stadium has caused difficulties in the past. The WRU are keen to acquire a site closer to their showpiece stadium and are thought to be ready to press ahead with plans for buying the Arms Park.

Their plans are thought to include taking over the adjacent ground, plus the Athletic Club clubhouse and the surrounding car parking in the centre of the Welsh capital.

In February this year the region announced they were considering moving away from the Arms Park over failure to negotiate a new lease beyond 2022 with Cardiff Athletic Club.

Reports that both Hull KR chairman Neil Hudgell and Wakefield owner Michael Carter have an interest in buying Bradford’s Odsal Stadium seem to have irked Bradford Bulls chairman Andrew Chalmers reports

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