After 10 years of planning and a number of setbacks Saltford City Reds have begun the build of their long awaited stadium.

The new 15,000-seater stadium is expected to cost £26 million and ready to host rugby matches by December 2011.

Chairman of Salford City Reds, John Wilkinson OBE said: “Today is a landmark event in the history of the Salford Rugby Club and certainly one of the most momentous I can remember throughout my long involvement with the Reds.

“It is the beginning of the end of one of the toughest journeys the club has ever been on, and we are fortunate to have such fantastic partners as the city of Salford and Peel to provide a superb new stadium that will benefit all the people of the city, their Rugby Club and Super League – we look forward to working with them to ensure a successful new venue that everyone in Salford will be rightly proud of.”

The site is currently being cleared and prepared for the actual construction date in October later this year.

It is hoped the delivery date of December 2011 will boost the Reds’ bid for a new Super League licence earlier in the year – and to be ready for the 2012 Super League season.

Posted on 18/05/2010