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Around the Grounds: Exeter Chiefs
A look around Sandy Park
Posted Jun 21, 2011 by Chris White
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From the West Country, I take a trip a little bit further south this week on my journey around the Premiership rugby grounds of England, down to Sandy Park, the home of Exeter Chiefs.
The Chiefs moved into their current ground at Sandy Park in September 2006, having built the stadium at a cost of £15million. Phase one of the project involved creating an 8,000-seater stadium, with planning permission already secured for future generation to bring it up to the requirements set out by the RFU relating to the capacity of Premiership grounds.
An integral part of the building of Sandy Par was to create a modern stadium combined with first-class conference and function facilities for the area. The first and second floors of the West Stand offer four suites, accommodating up to 1,000 people. These function facilities allow the club to finance both the playing side of the club and future phases of the ground’s development.
The ground currently has a capacity of over 10,000, but the planning permission in hand gives Exeter the ability to redevelop the ground into a 20,000-seater stadium, something they are keen to do once their Premiership future is secure.
The club have invested heavily in state of the art technology to add to the match day experience for all supporters, and each internal bar area is provided with large screens to view previous Chiefs matches, Sky matches and internationals. There are plenty of bars and food outlets including the Piazza area at the rear of the Grandstand, which will become a very popular area for meeting people before the game, with alcohol available.
Address: Sandy Park Stadium, Sandy Park Way, Exeter, Devon, EX2 7NN