Sale Sharks to share with Super League side Salford City Reds
Tuesday 03 April 2012
Sale Sharks are poised to announce a ground-sharing move with Super League club Salford City Reds.
The Sharks have been linked for some time with a switch to the new £26million City of Salford Stadium, which opened earlier this year, and have called a press conference at the ground tomorrow morning "to make a major club announcement".
Sale have spent the last nine years at Stockport's Edgeley Park after moving from the club's Heywood Road base but are thought to have struck a deal with Peel Holdings and Salford City Council, the joint owners of the 12,000-seater stadium at Barton, just off the M60 motorway.
Premiership entry rules stipulate that all top-flight clubs have to register their declared ground for the following season by March 31, a deadline that passed at the weekend.
Sale have the option of developing Edgeley Park, which they own, but have identified the City of Salford Stadium as the base from which to re-launch the club as a major force in Europe.
The move to Barton is likely to prompt a re-branding as the Sharks look to tap into the Manchester conurbations and grow their crowds.
Although the City of Salford Stadium was scaled down from initial plans, the capacity can be increased from 12,000 to 20,000 with further development.
The move is expected to leave tenants Stockport County with sole use of Edgeley Park, which will remain in the hands of Sale owner Brian Kennedy.
Salford, whose crowds so far at their new home have been disappointing, hovering below the 6,000 mark, are set to welcome the move.
Floyd Mayweather next opponent: Mayweather more likely to pick a former foe than a fresh contender like Amir Khan in Las Vegas lottery
Jose Mourinho: 'The dogs bark and the caravan goes by,' Chelsea manager gives cryptic assessment after Blues win title
Manchester United transfer news: Adnan Januzaj to be offered in deal for Memphis Depay
Arsenal transfer news: Tomas Rosicky and Mathieu Flamini set for showdown summer talks over future
Arsenal transfer news: Arsene Wenger reveals: 'We are not close to signing anybody. We need to lose some players'
- 1 How the language you speak changes your view of the world
- 3 Italian police 'reveal' what Jesus looked like as a young boy
- 5 YouTube social experiment shows just how easy it is to kidnap a child
Over 50,000 families shipped out of London boroughs in the past three years due to welfare cuts and soaring rents
In defence of liberal democracy
EU asylum policy is 'a direct threat to our civilisation', says Nigel Farage
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils