English rugby Super League side, the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats’ have suffered a big blow in their attempts to move into a new stadium in 2012. The team are one of three, along with Salford City Reds and Castleford Tigers, whose attempt to obtain a renewal on their Super League license depends on an ability to acquire a new stadium by 2012.
A planning application for the construction of a community stadium at Newmarket, where the rugby league team was due to be major a tenant, has been referred by the Government to the UK Secretary of State and could well cause a long delay in the process
“With Super League licensing looking closely at facilities, this delay is a huge blow, rugby league has been synonymous with the City of Wakefield for 137 years and this delay could put that in jeopardy.” admitted Wakefield CEO James Elston.
He added: “We now need to conduct further meetings with the developer, the Community Trust and with other stakeholders to review the contingency plans that were put in place in the event of such a delay in planning.”