GLYNDWR UNIVERSITY TO BUY RACECOURSE GROUND

Glyndwr University has agreed to purchase Wrexham Football Club’s Racecourse Ground and Colliers Park training ground.

The deal will not include any takeover of the football club or the Crusaders rugby league team who both play there. It means that both sides will continue to use the facilities.

Professor Michael Scott, vice chancellor and chief executive of Glyndwr University said: "This purchase has been made to secure the future of the stadium and the training ground for Wrexham and north east Wales as a sports venue. In addition the university’s intention is that the two acquisitions will be used by the university’s students, for sports provision, and by the people of Wrexham and north east Wales.

"The purchase is made in the context of the university’s continued development of higher education programmes related to sport, for the benefit of students and the wider community," he added.

In 2008, the Racecourse Ground was officially recognised as the oldest football stadium in the world still hosting international games. The venue has a 200-year history as a sporting venue but is in need of modernisation.

Glyndwr University hope to apply for Lottery funding to build two new stands at either end of the Racecourse, including one to replace the closed Kop.

Posted on 04/08/2011