In Pictures: New Edinburgh Rugby stadium completed

Edinburgh Rugby and Scottish Rugby has announced the completion of the club’s new, purpose-built stadium in the grounds of to BT Murrayfield.

In Pictures: New Edinburgh Rugby stadium completed

The £5.7 million ground will hold around 7,800 supporters (around 5,800 seated and around 2,000 safe-standing), close to the action and under covered stands on all four sides.

The stadium is now officially in the hands of the capital club and is the team’s first permanent home since its inception as a professional side in 1996 and as an amateur district select dating back to 1872.

In Pictures: New Edinburgh Rugby stadium completed

The completion of the project includes World Rugby certification for contact training and playing on the new state-of-the-art 3G surface, meaning the Edinburgh Rugby squad can now begin training in the ground.

Under current circumstances, the stadium will be used primarily for team training purposes in the short-term until fans can be welcomed safely.

Edinburgh Rugby managing director, Douglas Struth, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to reach the point of project completion and are delighted with the finished product. The stadium looks and feels fantastic.

“Our new stadium will allow us to better connect with our fans, community, sponsors and partners; creating a deeper sense of belonging as we strive to attract more people to the club, whilst enhancing the match-day experience for our fans inside and outside the ground.

In Pictures: New Edinburgh Rugby stadium completed

“I have always said that this is a game-changing project for us, and Edinburgh Rugby has always been a club of huge potential. Our new stadium will now go a long way to helping us realise that potential.

“The hard work really kicks on from here. The new stadium is fantastic, but it is nothing without our fans here to fill it.

In Pictures: New Edinburgh Rugby stadium completed

“That is a magnificent target to focus the mind and we can all really look forward to that moment.”

He added: “I would like to sincerely thank Scottish Rugby for their support and backing to make our new stadium a reality, as well as the project team at Edinburgh Rugby and our various external contractors and professional advisers for the huge amount of work that has taken us to this point.

In Pictures: New Edinburgh Rugby stadium completed

“This project has been complex and has faced many unforeseen challenges since it was first announced in May 2018.

“Since we first broke ground on the build-phase back in October 2019, completing the new stadium in the circumstances of this past year has been no small undertaking. It is a credit to a lot of people involved that we have achieved this.

In Pictures: New Edinburgh Rugby stadium completed

“I’m sure we’ll come to view this as a landmark occasion in the history of our club.”

Scottish Rugby CEO, Mark Dodson, said: “The completed construction of the new stadium is a game-changing project for both Edinburgh Rugby and Scottish Rugby.

In Pictures: New Edinburgh Rugby stadium completed

“To finally deliver Edinburgh Rugby and its supporters a purpose-built stadium, at the home of Scottish rugby, is a fantastic achievement for all involved in the project, after a nomadic existence that’s spanned both the amateur and professional era for the side.

“‚ÄčNot only will the stadium provide the Edinburgh Rugby fans with a genuine home and a match-day atmosphere that will reflect their continued enthusiasm and support for the club, the ground will act as a hub for all rugby in the city. It will have a lasting legacy for the local community.”

Edinburgh Rugby reiterated that the new stadium will be open to applications for use from other rugby teams, sports and events, a well as from the wider community, to maximise the potential of the new ground.

Stadium project team:

  • Arena Seating – Stand supplier
  • Axiom – Project Managers and Quantity Surveyors
  • DA Gilmour – Clerk of Works
  • Holmes Miller – Architects
  • Iceni Projects – Planning consultant
  • Quattro – Structural Engineers
  • Portakabin – Toilet Supplier
  • Pinsent Masons – Legal advisers
  • PSD – Pitch consultants
  • RSP – Electrical & Mechanical Engineers
  • WH Malcolms – Principal Contractor
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