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Rotherham Titans agree groundshare deal

By Doug O'Kane, Sports Editor Tuesday 15th April 2014
Oakwell stadium

ROTHERHAM Titans and Barnsley Football Club have agreed a groundshare deal for Oakwell which is expected to net the Reds around a quarter of a million pounds.

The arrangement has been made on the proviso that the rugby club get promoted to the Premiership while it is Barnsley's preference that their tenants drop Rotherham from their name.

Barnsley chief executive Ben Mansford told the Chronicle: "The Titans approached us and we feel that, commercially, it would make sense to have them as a tenant if they are playing in the Aviva Premiership. It is definitely going to happen if they go up."

The Rotherham club are almost certain to qualify for the end-of-season play-offs in rugby's second tier, the English Championship, but would not be allowed to play in the Premiership at their current 2,500-capacity Clifton Lane ground which is deemed too small by the Rugby Football Union.

Titans chairman Nick Cragg said: "Of course we would prefer to be playing in Rotherham but there is nowhere in the town for us to play.

"We put a request out to all the sports clubs in the surrounding area and Barnsley and Mansfield were the only clubs to respond positive.

"Mansfield don't meet the requirements of having a 10,000-seater stadium and Barnsley are in South Yorkshire which is a plus.

"Barnsley is a great club. We have visited Oakwell a few times and have been very impressed by the facilities and with Ben and Rachel Hearne (commercial manager). If we get promoted, we will play at Oakwell.

"I would hope that Barnsley fans will embrace having top flight rugby union on their doorstep. They would be able to see some of the best teams and players in the country if not the world."


** The full story appeared in the Barnsley Chronicle, dated April 11. **

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Posted by ivesy01 I Tue 15th Apr 2014 at 5:51pm

were will the money that is made be spent?

Posted by scott I Fri 18th Apr 2014 at 1:21pm

Go play at new york stadium we dont want them spoiling the pitch and effecting the football at oakwell

Posted by Clare I Fri 18th Apr 2014 at 2:31pm

Hope they don't bugger the pitch up!

Posted by criseldon I Sat 19th Apr 2014 at 9:44am

Fantastic idea in my opinion... be nice for the town to have a profesional rugby team

it will inhance the stature of the town and draw some much needed money

only downside is it union not league as this will damage pitch more but i for one will be buying a ticket

Posted by Neil I Mon 21st Apr 2014 at 9:29am

I don't want this it will bugger up the pitch and 250k is not enough go play somewhere else, There is a reason why only 2 gave a positive reply, sorry but if it is happening if they get promoted, I hope they don't

Posted by JohnBoy I Fri 9th May 2014 at 11:56am

Let's be fair...It will nice to see some elite sport being played at Oakwell. Premiership sport has been away for a long time. Let's get behind the Titans and hope they can bring some top flight sport worth watching to the town.

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