CASTLEFORD TIGERS chief executive Steve Gill has given the biggest hint to date regarding when the club will move into their new stadium. He told the BBC: “The plans were drawn up four years ago, millions of pounds have already been invested, and I think by 2020 we’ll be in our new stadium.”
The new stadium was given final approval by Wakefield Council in late 2015 and will be built in the nearby town of Glasshoughton. The estimated cost of the Five Towns development is around £135 million and the complex will include shopping outlets, restaurants and a park alongside a 10,000 capacity stadium.
Castleford have been based at their Wheldon Road ground, currently known as the Mend-a-Hose Jungle for sponsorship purposes, since 1927, a total of 90 years. While the ground is beloved by fans, it is limited in capacity to just under 12,000 and has little by the way of corporate hospitality or modern amenities.
A new stadium is widely seen as necessary for the club to break into the upper echelons of Super League in the long term. “We can get to the new ground and get the revenue in from hospitality by opening 365 days a year.” continued Steve Gill, “That’s what has been holding us back. I don’t want to go from this place, we’ve probably got another 30-40 games before we move. I want everybody to enjoy it and soak it in because when we do leave here there won’t be a dry eye in the house.”