Wakefield Trinity Wildcats has announced ambitious plans to redevelop their home to safeguard their Super League status.

The club plans to increase the capacity of Belle Vue, which currently falls well below the minimum required, to 12,000 with 10,000 spectators covered. If the Wildcats club fail to meet the criteria they face the prospect of making way for elevated Widnes when the remaining 13 Super League licences for 2012-14 are announced on 26 July.

"We said at the beginning of the year that we would do everything we possibly could to keep the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in Super League and this is exactly what we are doing," said chairman Andrew Glover. "The biggest issue that we were faced with, within our control, was the stadium, so without wasting any time we have worked hard to ensure that we will have this new, fully developed stadium that will meet with all of the RFL’s criteria in 2012."

Plans also include revamping the corporate hospitality suite with refurbished bars and restaurants throughout, which will be able to hold 750. Further concessions will be introduced around the ground to further enhance the match day experience for supporters.

The club has launched a new membership scheme, Club 1873, which they hope will attract 5,000 fans and further underline their licence bid.

Chief executive James Elston added: "By launching our new membership scheme and announcing our exciting new stadium plans, we have immediately strengthened our application in two incredibly important areas. Keeping the Wildcats in Super League is at the forefront of everyone's priorities and this has given us a great boost towards that."

Posted on 08/06/2011