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Unwanted stadium development for Super League club

Wigan Warriors chairman Ian Lenagan conducted an open fans’ forum earlier in the week about the management and future of the club.

One point on the agenda was the state of the stadium, with rumours of Wigan Athletic FC wanting to push up the rent price for the Warriors.

Lenagan, however, is defiant that a deal can be worked out.

“You will have seen that the new owner has made a visit to the town recently and made some claims about the stadium being a football stadium. The reality is it is,” Lenagan said.

“We’re tenants of the stadium and they’ve come in with new ownership with a with a new chief executive who I meet every week and I have a really good relationship. And they’ve made some bold claims that they’re going to turn the stadium blue and all this kind of stuff. We can’t do anything about that, unfortunately.

“So, we’ll be working strong to build our relationships and to try and work it through. They have said to us that our rent will be going up, which we’re working through at the moment.

“The negotiations are ongoing and they’re in the right spirit. We have spoken to the council to get them involved and made them aware of the situation. But it’s an ongoing situation that we need to need you to all be made aware of.”

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