Wakefield Trinity have revealed they have struck a deal with 88m Group to remain at Belle Vue for the 2017 season. There had been much speculation about whether the new stadium owners had the club in their plans for the future, but a meeting on Wednesday looks to have resolved the issues.
A statement released on the club website read “After extensive talks over the last month with the chairman of the 88m Group, he has found a ‘Whole Site’ solution to the ongoing issue over a new Community Stadium for the citizens of Wakefield and the Club are excited to be a small part in this process.
“There is a scheme currently being finalised which will include a new Community Stadium, and Retail Park on the existing land at Belle Vue and the Superbowl adjacent to it.
“If the other parties currently involved in the ‘Newmarket’ site are willing to involve themselves in this solution then there is no reason why the new Community Stadium cannot be up and running in less than two years.
“88m Group have already had initial Stadium designs drawn up, and are looking to upgrade these to a full 3D model in the next two weeks. This solution solves every parties current problems.
“The Club are happy to support 88m Groups ambitions in this regard. However if there is no concrete action within the next 6/12 months from the parties involved then the Club will have no option but to relocate to a different venue, and the Chairman of 88m Group is aware and supportive, of this.
“Hopefully this can bring to an end decades of uncertainty, and give the citizens of Wakefield the Community Stadium they were promised nearly four years ago.”
There had talk of Wakefield sharing Dewsbury’s Tetleys Stadium in 2017 while they search for a new permanent home, but many fans will be delighted that Rugby League will remain in the town for the foreseeable future.