Cornwall Council is taking a step forward in looking at the potential for creating a new sports and events stadium in Cornwall.

The new facility would provide a top quality venue for rugby and football teams as well as acting as a sports hub for the region and also a venue for major entertainment events.

The Council is consulting stadium specialists, Gardner and Theobald, to look at the benefits of various sites and set-ups to prepare a robust business case.

Carolyn Rule, Cornwall Council cabinet member for the Economy and Regeneration, said: “This could be a fantastic development for everyone in Cornwall.

“The Stadium would help to retain, nurture and develop talent to achieve the highest levels. Cornwall deserves a stadium on a scale that matches their achievements and aspirations.

“At the moment we do not have a facility in Cornwall for major events. We believe that there could be great opportunities for the Council to work with sports clubs and businesses to come up with the best solution for Cornwall.”

Initial plans suggest the new stadium would have a total capacity of over 10,000 of which at least 4,500 would be seats and be suitable for rugby and football.

Proposals include the provision to increase stadium capacity if required over time and will include a hotel, food and beverage units and leisure facilities.

The Council are expected to report their findings in autumn 2010.

Posted on 11/05/2010