Chairman Tom Walkinshaw has confirmed that Gloucester Rugby Club will have the biggest exclusive club rugby union ground in the Premiership after announcing plans for a new £8 million grandstand development for the start of the 2005/06 season.
Talking to the Kingsholm crowd before Saturday's Zurich Premiership game against Leeds on Saturday, Walkinshaw guaranteed that a new 7,500 seated capacity stand, taking the capacity from 13,000 to more than 17,500, would be constructed this summer.
"As you all know we've been working on a grandstand development (opposite the Shed) at Kingsholm for some time now, and I'm delighted to be able to confirm that it will now go ahead this summer, in time for the new season," said Walkinshaw.
"We have been working non-stop in the last few days to get to the stage where we can press the green button.
"The new £8 million stand will have more than 7,500 seats, taking our capacity to more than 17,500, making us the biggest solus club rugby union ground in the Premiership, and one of the biggest in Europe. The new development will take this club into an all-year round business."
Gloucester first moved to its Kingsholm ground in 1891 and the West Country location has become famous for its team and passionate supporters throughout the world.
"Kingsholm is the home of Gloucester Rugby Club, and will continue to be so. It means as much to everyone at the Club to stay here as it does to all of you," Walkinshaw said to the Kingsholm crowd.
Addressing the supporters, the Club chairman added: "You've all told us how much you want the ground to develop, and it's now going to happen.
"There is a lot of hard work that needs to go into making this a success, and we need your support throughout the next five months to achieve it.
"This decision has only just been made, and over the next few days and weeks we'll be announcing more information about the project, including a full breakdown of the facilities that will include the 7,500 seats, a new 1,500 capacity bar, a new shop, conference facilities, corporate boxes and more," stated the Club chairman.
The Club intends to announce details of season tickets for all areas of the ground, including the new stand, in time for the Saracens game on 30 April.
Gloucester Rugby Club will be announcing further details of the development throughout the course of the next few weeks.
Speaking to GRTV after the game, Backs Coach Tim Taylor was happy with the squad as they cruised to victory over Treviso. The result wasn't in doubt, but the Cherry and Whites laboured to secure a crucial try bonus point.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby centre Matt Scott is excited to take the field again as the Cherry and Whites look to build on the win in Bayonne when Treviso come to Kingsholm this Saturday.
Defence Coach Jonny Bell admitted this week that the European Rugby Challenge Cup victory in Bayonne was a welcome one, stressed that Benetton Treviso will pose a tough test on Saturday at Kingsholm but that Gloucester are determined to deliver in front of their own fans.
Motu Matu'u is looking to make up for lost time this week as the Cherry and Whites head to Basque Country to take on Bayonne in the European Rugby Challenge Cup opener. The Samoan hooker made his first appearance in the jersey last weekend, and is hoping to contribute to the team this weekend.
Gloucester's attentions turn to Europe this weekend as they travel to Bayonne for their opening fixture of this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup. Forwards Coach Trevor Woodman told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will be aiming to top their pool as they've done for the past two seasons, but is well aware of how tough it is to win in France.
Although understandably disappointed at seeing victory slip away at the last minute, Ben Morgan said after the game at Exeter that there were plenty of positives that Gloucester could take from the game.
Speaking after a last-gasp try from Exeter earned the Chiefs a 27-27 draw at Sandy Park on Saturday, Charlie Sharples admitted to mixed feelings. The game saw him score a try on his 200th competitive appearance for the club, but the frustration from not closing out the win was clear.
Gloucester made it two wins from two outings in this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup as they outplayed Benetton Treviso at Kingsholm to win by 37 points to 8, the bonus point try coming with the final play of the game.