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Cornish Pirates Dealt Stadium Blow

New ground unlikely to be completed in time

Posted Dec 16, 2011 by Chris White

The Cornish Pirates have been dealt a blow ahead of the move to their new ground

Having put plans in place to temporarily use Plymouth Argyle’s Home Park stadium for their home games in the early stages of the 2012/13 season, Cornish Pirates have been dealt a major blow in their bid to finally be eligible for promotion to the Aviva Premiership by the news that their new stadium will not be ready for use.

The Pirates had hoped that their £24million 10,000-seater stadium would be ready at some stage of the season, but now the timetable to deliver the new stadium has had to be extended, meaning it is unlikely that they will be using the Threemilestone stadium by the deadline on promotion eligibility.

As a consequence, the club must look to an alternative option, and Dicky Evans, the chairman of the club, told the official website that “I am dismayed that factors outside our control mean that the agreed business plan cannot now be achieved, compounded by the news that the stadium will not be ready for next season.

“I fell distraught and saddened that so many good people who have put in so much effort have to hear this news. This will greatly affect our plans and we will have to review the options for the future of the Cornish Pirates.”

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