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Edinburgh’s New Home ‘Mini Murrayfield’ Gets Planning Permission

Edinburgh Murrayfield

Edinburgh’s long quest for a home of their own looks to have come to an end after the city council¬†granted planning permission for a 7,800 seater facility adjacent to Murrayfield.¬†

It is hoped that the new stadium will be ready for use next season.

Edinburgh have played their games this season at the 67,000 capacity Murrayfield and the sheer size of the ground generally leads to a poor atmosphere.

Richard Cockerill’s side played games at Myreside in the past but that arrangement ended at the beginning of this season which saw the club return to the spiritual home of Scottish rugby.

The new ground will have a state-of-the-art 3G pitch and will have four stands each with a height of 8.6m.

Edinburgh Murrayfield
Artist’s impression of Edinburgh’s new stadium

“We had 7,000 here at the weekend [for the victory over Toulon] and with the new stadium holding 7,800, we can start to get sell-out crowds like they have at Scotstoun,” Cockerill told BBC Sport.

“It then becomes our own atmosphere, our own pitch, our own stadium, our own branding, all those things. We can build our own identity and move forward.

“We had a bumper crowd on Saturday but it still felt a bit empty because of the size of Murrayfield.

“So we need our own stadium. Hopefully, this will be the start of something very special for us.”

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Author: Sean McMahon

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