Ospreys close on new stadium location

The Ospreys intend to continue playing at the Swansea Stadium for the upcoming season
The Ospreys intend to continue playing at the Swansea Stadium for the upcoming season
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The Ospreys have announced that they've shortlisted two potential locations for their new home stadium: St Helens Sports Ground in Swansea and the Dunraven Brewery Field in Bridgend.

Since Ospreys CEO Lance Bradley first mentioned plans for relocation, this topic has been a major point of discussion within Welsh club rugby circles, fueling speculation and rumors on social media.

Following extensive deliberation and collaboration with local councils, the Ospreys have confirmed their partnership in exploring these two options. Both St Helens and the Brewery Field offer distinct advantages for the Ospreys' future. The decision to focus on these venues came after thorough evaluations of factors like feasibility, accessibility, and potential for growth, along with discussions with stakeholders.

Redevelopment plans for either site would be substantial and phased over several years. The Ospreys intend to continue playing at the Swansea.com Stadium for the upcoming season, utilizing this time for initial redevelopment to ensure the chosen stadium is ready for the 2025/26 season.

“I am happy to share that we have narrowed down our decision to two fantastic grounds, each offering unique opportunities, and we are confident that either choice would be more than suitable as the Ospreys new home," said Bradley.

“It’s been a pleasure working with both the City and County of Swansea Council and Bridgend County Borough Council to get to this point. Both councils have really come to the party and been more than accommodating in our requests, and open to working together to ensure our new stadium is not just a suitable top-flight rugby stadium but offers further opportunities to enrich the local community.

“I look forward to being able to share our preferred option in the coming weeks and working in partnership with the relevant Council to ensure our new home becomes the hub of the community.”