A new 25,000
seater rugby stadium is proposed on a 330 acre site near to Rugby, Warwickshire.
It would be the dominant feature in a £50 million scheme for a huge leisure complex
and Rugby Lions RFC would make it their new home.
The scheme, which is proposed for Leicester Road in Rugby would feature a multi-screen
cinema, a skating rink, bowling alley, tennis club, a rugger academy to develop young
talent and a sports injury clinic.
There would also be rugby-themed shops and restaurants and a museum showing how the
game of rugby sprang to life at the town's famous public school where schoolboy William
Webb Ellis famously 'picked up the ball and ran' during a soccer match.
The whole project would be funded by Sandringham Investments, a pension fund, which has
agreed to buy the 330-acre Ash Tree Farm close to the M6 motorway.
Outline planning is being sought from the town council and it is hoped to start
building next year.