£3m stadium boost for Wakefield

Wakefield will push ahead with their plans to build a new stadium on the site of their current Belle Vue home after being granted a £3.15m Council loan.

The club will use the cash to purchase the site and its surrounding area, as it looks to redevelop the ground and increase capacity to 10,000.

Property group 88m bought Belle Vue in 2016, but could now sell up.

Wakefield Council deputy leader Denise Jeffery said: “We have a proud history of rugby league in the Wakefield District and I’m pleased that this loan will help Wakefield Trinity secure the ownership of the stadium and provide a catalyst for development.

“We have been exploring the potential of redeveloping Belle Vue for some time and as I have said before, the council is committed to working with the club to support the development of a community stadium.”

But Wakefield chairman John Minards warned: “While it is great news that we will be owners of our own ground, this is only very much the first stage of our redevelopment plans and we continue to be in active discussions with a number of parties as we progress towards our ambitions for a world-class stadium fit for the 21st century.”

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