Saracens tee up multiple 'home' venues
June 7, 2012
Saracens may not necessarily play at Vicarage Road next season © Getty Images
Saracens are exploring the possibility of playing their 'home' matches at multiple venues next term.
Saracens came close to playing one of their Heineken Cup matches in Cape Town last season only to pull the plug due to difficulties surrounding their elected stadium. With the club set to move into their new Copthall Stadium home in February, Sarries chief executive Edward Griffiths has revealed that they will not necessarily use their current base Vicarage Road next season.
Instead, Griffiths is keen on taking Saracens to areas of the country that have never experienced top-flight rugby before.
"What we are looking at doing is playing in areas where there has not yet been a Premiership rugby match," Griffiths told the Echo. "So, for example, Essex is one of our catchment areas and there are more rugby clubs in Essex than in any other county except for Yorkshire.
"There's never been a Premiership rugby match in Essex, so we've looked at Roots Hall, which is the home of Southend United. The same goes with Kent and also with other areas closer to central London.
"There are a lot of hoops to go through but we are keen to play a game in Cape Town. It is possible that we might take some games and create events at one-off venues. It is also possible we might have between one and eight games at Vicarage Road but I think what we'll end up with is a fantastically exciting season."
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