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TOURNAMENT PREVIEW London Olympic Stadium


Capacity: 54,000 Opened: 2011 Home stadium of: West Ham United, UK Athletics (from 2016) Matches at 2015 World Cup: 5 Background: The iconic centrepiece of the London 2012 Olympic Games is currently undergoing a redevelopment programme which will see it fully reopen in 2016. The works will be interrupted for the Rugby World Cup and to make sure it is ready for the tournament, the stadium will host a test event rugby match on 29 August 2015, when the Barbarians will face Samoa.


The City of Manchester Stadium has a rich tradition of hosting rugby games over the years City of Manchester Stadium Sandy Park, Exeter


Capacity: 12,300 Opened: 2006 Home stadium of: Exeter Chiefs Rugby Club Matches at 2015 World Cup: 3 Background: Built to replace the ageing County Ground, the Chiefs’ new home was expanded early from 8,000 to its current size of 10,744. A combination of Exeter’s establishment as a top-flight club and Rugby World Cup 2015 will see the capacity increase further, to 20,600, over the next two years – making it one of the biggest club rugby grounds in England.


Capacity: 47,800 Opened: 2002 Home stadium of: Manchester City FC Matches at 2015 World Cup: 1 Background: Manchester’s 2002 Commonwealth Games, the venue has witnessed athletics heroes Jonathan


Edwards and Paula Radcliffe set Games records to win gold in the triple jump and 5,000m respectively. The stadium had rugby at its heart early on. In the Sevens final at the 2002 Games, New Zealand defeated Fiji to claim gold. It has also hosted international rugby league, and the super league’s Magic Weekend event in 2012.


Leicester City Stadium


Capacity: 32,312 Opened: 3 Home stadium of: Leicester City Football Club Matches at 2015 World Cup: 3 Background: While the decision not to use Leicester Tigers’ Welford Park


during the World Cup was seen as a controversial move, Leicester City FC’s home stadium has hosted a number of rugby games before. Leicester Tigers have played six matches here, including a 2005 Heineken Cup semi-final. In 2006, to celebrate the centenary of Springbok overseas tours, the stadium hosted a World XV v South Africa match.


The stadium was chosen ahead of Welford Road partly due to its superior facilities 46 sportsmanagement.co.uk issue 2 2015 © Cybertrek 2015


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