Scottish Pro14 rugby union team Edinburgh Rugby has today (Monday) announced that it has been given the green light to build a new 7,800-seat stadium near Murrayfield.

The City of Edinburgh Council has granted a building warrant to enable the club to begin construction on the purpose-built venue this autumn. It is hoped the stadium will be ready to stage Edinburgh Rugby home matches from the start of the 2020-21 season.

The council granted permission for the club to build a new stadium last year and it had initially been hoped the team would move into the venue this season.

Edinburgh Rugby had already confirmed earlier this year that it would continue playing at the 67,000-seat Murrayfield, home of the Scottish national team, for the 2019-20 season as it awaited the go-ahead to start work on its new home.

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

Edinburgh Rugby managing director Douglas Struth said: “While this has clearly been a difficult process and more drawn-out than we had envisaged, we are delighted to have now been granted a building warrant by The City of Edinburgh Council.

“This now allows us to move forward with what is clearly a pivotal and game-changing project for the club. I’d like to thank all those who continue to work proactively within the project as we now move into a build-phase, as well as The City of Edinburgh Council for concluding the building warrant process with us.

“I’d also like to thank the club’s supporters for their continued patience throughout this period and for buying season ticket memberships in such numbers.”

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