Wakefield chairman gives update on stadium redevelopment

Wakefield Trinity chairman John Minards has given an update on the club’s plans to redevelop Belle Vue Stadium.

In 2019 he outlined the club’s intentions to introduce new stands and potentially even increase capacity, after Trinity obtained the stadium’s freehold.

However, he also admitted those kind of renovations could cost around the £10 million mark.

There have been no obvious changes to ground as of yet but Minards has revealed they are close to moving onto the next stage of redevelopment, albeit once the coronavirus pandemic has passed.

“Having been on the agenda for about 50 years I might have guessed there might be delays,” he told the Trinity club website. “The current crisis is just the latest.

Trinity have played at Belle Vue for over 100 years. Credit: News Images

“The good news is that our plans are very well advanced in terms of scope, design and funding. We were very close to submitting a planning application a couple of weeks ago and expect to do that whenever things return to normal.

“It is not appropriate to give details ahead of the planning application but as I have said before we are starting with the East Stand as well as several other important developments.

“The accent throughout will be on providing facilities for the community and not just Wakefield Trinity on match days.

“Michael (Carter), I and the rest of the board are determined it will be worth the wait!”

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