English Super League rugby league team Wakefield Trinity Wildcats has agreed a deal in principle to stay at its Belle Vue home stadium for the 2017 season.
Trinity has been linked with a move to a new home for a number of years, with a new stadium mooted as part of a wider development project that also includes a retail park. The new facilities would be located on the current Belle Vue site and the adjacent Superbowl.
88m Group, which recently took ownership of the team, is now in the process of finalising a strategy for the project, with the team to remain at Belle Vue while plans are put in place.
In a statement, Trinity said the new stadium could be open in two years, adding that initial designs have already been drawn up, with 3D models to be completed within the next two weeks. However, the club added that if work does not go ahead, it will have "no option" but to seek a new home.
“If the other parties currently involved in the ‘Newmarket’ site are willing to involve themselves in this solution then there is no reason why the new Community Stadium cannot be up and running in less than two years,” Trinity said.
“The club are happy to support 88m Group’s ambitions in this regard. However, if there is no concrete action within the next six to 12 months from the parties involved then the club will have no option but to relocate to a different venue, and the chairman of 88m Group is aware and supportive, of this.
“Hopefully this can bring to an end decades of uncertainty, and give the citizens of Wakefield the Community Stadium they were promised nearly four years ago.”