Wakefield buy Belle Vue ahead of stadium redevelopment

Wakefield Trinity have purchased Belle Vue stadium and the adjoining land ahead the planned redevelopment of their near 150-year home.

Having improved vastly on the field in recent seasons, this move off it will likely put to bed any uncertainty about the club’s long-term future.

“This is an historic day for our great club,” Wakefield Trinity Chairman John Minards said.

“We are the owners of our stadium once again, having first purchased it in 1893. In completing this purchase, we are grateful for the support of Wakefield Council, without whom it would not have been possible, as well as our former landlord, 88m Group.

“While it is great news to 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 Community Stadium fit for the 21st century

“This is a club with great traditions and high ambitions. Since joining the board in November I have been working with our Chief Executive, Michael Carter, to explore how we develop our stadium to match the quality of the team we put on the field following our two consecutive top 5 Super League finishes in the last two years, while maintaining the financial stability that the management team have brought about since 2014.”