A 10-year wait to achieve dream
The club has been wanting to create a bigger ground – it currently has a capacity of 12,200 – for more than a decade.
Successive consultation exercises have revealed an overwhelming majority of people in favour of the club remaining at its historic home, but the Charity Commission's latest deliberations are the closest thing to a breakthrough in the last ten years.
The club is now considering whether to build a new arena in stages, with the most sensitive riverside West Stand being constructed first, although no firm decision has yet been made.
Its East Stand will remain temporary forever, so that the Rec can remain open when rugby is not being played and can accommodate cricket and other sporting activities.
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The club says it cannot yet put a cost on the new arena, but it has stressed that there are no plans for nightclubs or any other kind of late-night entertainment. There is likely to be a shop, a ticket office and a cafe.