Salford City Reds plans for a new stadium have been given the green light by Council chiefs.

The £26million project will deliver a 15,000-seater stadium for the rugby league club which will completed in 2011.

Salford City Reds Chief Executive David Tarry told the club website: “This decision is a major boost not just for the club, but also for the City of Salford and Super League who are both totally committed to a desire for a strong, competitive franchise in our region.

“This announcement removes any lingering doubts surrounding the project, and confirms that Salford City Reds will be competing in a brand new stadium by the end of next year (2011) – a time frame which will fit in perfectly with our bid for a Super League licence for 2012-2015.”

It is crucial the new stadium is ready for December 2011 as it will meet the necessary deadlines for the Reds’ bid to renew their Super League licence from February 2012.

Tarry who is delighted with approval added: “This marks the end of a 12 year journey and the start of a bright new future for the Reds. Both the club and supporters have worked tirelessly together for this moment and we thank them for their endlessly loyal support throughout difficult times.

“The actual work starts here on the most important development in the club’s history and we look forward, together with our partners, to delivering a vibrant and successful new era for sport in the city.”

Preparation of the site is due to begin next month with the phased building development starting in October.

Posted on 10/03/2010