Premiership rugby union club Harlequins has commenced work on a wide-ranging redevelopment of its home stadium, Twickenham Stoop.
The redevelopment will focus on enhancing the fan experience at The Stoop and will see stadium access temporarily altered. Central to the project will be a new fan village behind the North Stand.
Harlequins will also fit The Stoop with improved premium bars and food outlets, as well as a seating area designed for live entertainment. The stadium’s club shop will also be revamped, while a new, covered entrance will be fitted at Gate 1. A new ticket office window and state-of-the-art turnstiles will also be fitted.
Further investment around The Stoop since the start of the 2021-22 season includes a new PA system and new stadium lighting. In the DHL and Charles Stanley Stands, new kitchen facilities are being installed to improve hospitality services.
Despite the work, the stadium will remain available for all conference and event bookings. It is planned that the project will be concluded over the summer in time for the start of the 2022-23 season.
The Stoop, which is located close to Twickenham Stadium, has a capacity of 14,800. Harlequins has played at the stadium since 1963.
In 2020, London Irish reached an agreement with Harlequins to play out the remainder of its 2019-20 campaign at The Stoop. The agreement came after COVID-19 dealt Irish multiple challenges from a stadium perspective.