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.
Fly-half Billy Burns was named Man of the Match after the 35-14 European Rugby Challenge Cup victory over Stade Rochelais on Thursday evening, and was full of praise for all his team mates for the win after a short turnaround.
Gloucester have been in good form in recent weeks, but Backs Coach Tim Taylor knows that the Cherry and Whites will have to be at their best on Thursday evening (kick off 7:45pm) against a Stade Rochelais side flying high this season.
Speaking to GRTV after the bonus point win over Bristol, back row Lewis Ludlow revealed that despite a tricky first half, Gloucester backed their skills to come through, a faith that was evident in a strong second half showing.
Willi Heinz scored Gloucester's second try as the Cherry and Whites overturned a disappointing first 40 minutes and 0-6 half time deficit, to earn a 26-18 Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol Rugby on Saturday.
Gloucester's much changed side had to overcome conceding an early try on Thursday evening, but responded in style to down Stade Rochelais by 35 points to 14 in the European Rugby Challenge Cup and set up a mouthwatering return fixture next weekend.
After taking 11 points from their last three games in the Aviva Premiership, including bonus point wins against Wasps and Bristol, Gloucester will be looking to continue their good form when they welcome La Rochelle to Kingsholm.