Watford confirm Sarries exit
November 11, 2010
Saracens will leave Vicarage Road at the end of the season © Getty Images
Watford Football Club have confirmed that Saracens will end their tenancy at Vicarage Road at the end of the season.
The Championship side have shared their stadium with Sarries since 1997 but the Aviva Premiership high-flyers have unveiled plans to switch to an artificial surface at the redeveloped Barnet Copthall Stadium next year.
"We originally presented Saracens with a September 3 deadline to make a decision about their future after June 2011," Watford chairman Graham Taylor said. "Despite this deadline not being met, I believe we have shown understanding, empathy and no little patience in wanting to conclude this matter in the best interest of both parties.
"But with Saracens now seriously pursuing another option we feel the time is right to provide some definition and clarity. We are very comfortable with our decision and now we want to push forward with the plans we have been starting to formulate.
"The development of Vicarage Road into a stadium of which we can all be proud remains our key focus."
Saracens confirmed on Wednesday their plans to relocate to Barnet Copthall Stadium should the redevelopment of the ground be approved.
The club are set to begin discussions with the London Borough of Barnet and envisage the stadium becoming an athletics venue and possible training base for athletes at the 2012 London Olympics.
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