Rodney Parade Ltd confirm County switch

NEWPORT RFC and Newport Gwent Dragons have tonight released the following statement.

"Following several weeks of negotiation, agreement has been reached between Newport County and Newport RFC for the football team to play at Rodney Parade this coming season. The contracts have been sent to the Football Conference for approval.

"Talks between Rodney Parade LTD and Newport County have been ongoing since the football side looked to move their final fixtures of the season to the home of the Dragons and Newport RFC "Rodney Parade LTD Chief Executive Chris Brown said “We are obviously delighted that we have been able to reach agreement and that football is coming to Rodney Parade.

"One of the keys to our Business Plan is ensuring that we generate the maximum revenue from non-rugby match days and bringing in the football goes a long way to helping us achieve that.

"Whilst Newport County play many more matches than either the Dragons or Newport, they play a significant number of midweek fixtures and with the football season starting a month before the rugby, fixture congestion will be kept to a minimum.

"This has been a complex negotiation and it has been of paramount importance to us that the needs of The Dragons and Newport RFC are met. We are confident that this agreement will protect the interests of all of our supporters, both in ensuring that their sporting calendar undergoes the minimum possible alteration and obtaining an additional revenue stream which can help guarantee the future of regional and premiership rugby at Rodney Parade.”

"Newport County supporters will be able to enjoy hospitality packages in the new Bisley Stand, as well as the clubhouse atmosphere at the north end of the ground. Although there will not be a joint football/rugby season ticket for this season, there will be a discount offered for supporters purchasing season tickets for both rugby and football.

“We would like to thank the supporters of the Dragons and Newport RFC for their patience whilst this proposal has been under discussion as well as the Welsh Rugby Union, who have been very supportive in helping us make this happen,” said Brown."

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8:35pm Thu 31 May 12

corpardguy says...

Sounds like a win win for both sides.
I hope the surface doesn't cut up too badly for the soccer lads, and trust the groundstaff to be putting the right pitch markings down for the right day!!!!
Could make for an interesting charity or fundraiser match, 45 mins soccer/40 mins rugby (Sevens?).
Sounds like a win win for both sides. I hope the surface doesn't cut up too badly for the soccer lads, and trust the groundstaff to be putting the right pitch markings down for the right day!!!! Could make for an interesting charity or fundraiser match, 45 mins soccer/40 mins rugby (Sevens?). corpardguy
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8:37pm Thu 31 May 12

adrian simmonds says...

I just pray that some jobsworths at the Conference don't find some nitpicking excuse not to accept this deal.
Assuming that they were kept fully informed all along - as they were late season when the city council sabotaged our plans to awitch our last 6 ? home games to RP, I assume they'll rubber-stamp this deal so maybe it'sit's time to pop the corks!!
I predict a crowd of 3000 plus for our first home game - and i'll drive 150 miles to be there..
I just pray that some jobsworths at the Conference don't find some nitpicking excuse not to accept this deal. Assuming that they were kept fully informed all along - as they were late season when the city council sabotaged our plans to awitch our last 6 ? home games to RP, I assume they'll rubber-stamp this deal so maybe it'sit's time to pop the corks!! I predict a crowd of 3000 plus for our first home game - and i'll drive 150 miles to be there.. adrian simmonds
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10:21pm Thu 31 May 12

kev j h says...

Can only be a good thing as the pitch at spytty is a discrace and is not fit to play football on! Newport council should be ashamed!! But looking forward now to the new season with a new ground!And lets hope some of the people that went to Wembley will now come and support County at Rodney parade!! Also will Spyyty the dog now become Rod the dog?? LOL
Can only be a good thing as the pitch at spytty is a discrace and is not fit to play football on! Newport council should be ashamed!! But looking forward now to the new season with a new ground!And lets hope some of the people that went to Wembley will now come and support County at Rodney parade!! Also will Spyyty the dog now become Rod the dog?? LOL kev j h
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11:40pm Thu 31 May 12

shanerboy says...

wont be the same.at least spytty was ours of a sort.our club shop ,our bar.dont like all this sharing stuff.i honestly dont think itl work for many reasons.ive spoken to a lot of supporters who are not at all excited by this.where was a meeting with supporters.seems to me the county board just pushed this through without consulting county fans.i know they mean well and they got reasons for movingbut a bit of consulting wouldve been a good idea.ah well.keep spytty mothballed.wel be back the following next season when it all goes wrong.
wont be the same.at least spytty was ours of a sort.our club shop ,our bar.dont like all this sharing stuff.i honestly dont think itl work for many reasons.ive spoken to a lot of supporters who are not at all excited by this.where was a meeting with supporters.seems to me the county board just pushed this through without consulting county fans.i know they mean well and they got reasons for movingbut a bit of consulting wouldve been a good idea.ah well.keep spytty mothballed.wel be back the following next season when it all goes wrong. shanerboy
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11:51pm Thu 31 May 12

CaptainB says...

I dont know how much the County are paying to play the next season at Casa Rodney, but I hope that every penny is invested in ensuring that the pitch is playable in severe rain and frost conditions.
A fixture backlog is not an option, and the Dragons already have a suspended fine for cancelling matches.
I think the County fans and the populous of Newport will come along to Rodney in their thousands and they will gain the League status they deserve.
ONWARDS AND UPWARDS, and a few more signings for the Dragons.
I dont know how much the County are paying to play the next season at Casa Rodney, but I hope that every penny is invested in ensuring that the pitch is playable in severe rain and frost conditions. A fixture backlog is not an option, and the Dragons already have a suspended fine for cancelling matches. I think the County fans and the populous of Newport will come along to Rodney in their thousands and they will gain the League status they deserve. ONWARDS AND UPWARDS, and a few more signings for the Dragons. CaptainB
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11:55pm Thu 31 May 12

County Till I Die says...

shanerboy this is so negative Calm down. These days with money tight it is completely sensible for sports clubs from different games to ground share. We are all Newportonians and proud of it!
shanerboy this is so negative Calm down. These days with money tight it is completely sensible for sports clubs from different games to ground share. We are all Newportonians and proud of it! County Till I Die
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8:17am Fri 1 Jun 12

grumpyoldpensioner says...

I can remember the days when you watched the county at home one week and newport rugby the next.It looks like this is an opportunity for that to happen again.So come on everyone lets give it a bash.
I can remember the days when you watched the county at home one week and newport rugby the next.It looks like this is an opportunity for that to happen again.So come on everyone lets give it a bash. grumpyoldpensioner
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