The City of Edinburgh Council has granted permission for a new 7,800-seat rugby stadium to be built next to Murrayfield.

In May, Scottish Rugby revealed plans to build a new playing venue on the grounds of the 67,000-seat Murrayfield, the country’s national rugby union stadium.

The council has now approved the plans and the new facility could be ready in time for Pro14 club Edinburgh Rugby to use during the 2019-20 season.

The BBC reports that the new stadium will feature four covered spectator stands and will be built around a 3G surface next to Murrayfield.

Edinburgh coach Richard Cockerill said, according to the BBC: “We had 7,000 here at the weekend (for the win over Toulon) and with the new stadium holding 7,800, we can start to get sell-out crowds like they have at Scotstoun. 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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