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Around the Grounds: Bath Rugby

A trip to the west country

Posted Jun 14, 2011 by Chris White

The Recreation Ground in Bath

Situated on the banks of the River Avon, “The Rec” is built on an open space in the middle of the picturesque city in the west midlands.

The 11,700-capacity stadium is preparing to be developed under the ambitious new owner. During the summer, the temporary East Stand is removed to make way for cricket on a larger pitch. The cricket pitch is then used by local teams, and also by Somerset County Cricket Club once a year as an outground.

The club began looking for alternative venues to play their home games in 2006 after the RFU announced minimum capacity requirements, but none of the proposed sites were viable and plans to develop The Rec are being discussed.

The plan in place at the moment is to swap the current Lambridge training ground into the Recreation Ground Trust for the Rugby Ground at the Rec, to overcome the problems with expanding the current site.

While the discussions are going on, the facilities continue to be improved and although far from perfect, the club are attempting to provide the best facilities for spectators within the restricted confines. They have submitted a five pronged planning application which, if successful, will add more toilets and refreshment outlets, improve sight lines, increase the capacity and disabled provision, provide more covered seating and replace the tired old scoreboard.

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