The 2015 Rugby World Cup will be the eighth Rugby World Cup, the quadrennial rugby union world championship. This installment of this much awaited tournament will be hosted by England from 18 September to 31 October 2015. Twickenham Stadium in London will host the opening match and the final match. All the venues that will be used for this tournament are listed below.
The Venues of England Rugby World Cup 2015
Twickenham Stadium is located in Twickenham, in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, south west London. This stadium is called the Home of Rugby. Thestadium is owned and operated by the Rugby Football Union(RFU). Twickenham is the host of numerous rugby union fixtures year round. Most prominently it is the home of the English rugby union team. They have played nearly all their home games at this stadium. This stadium is the biggestgroundin the world which is dedicated to rugby. It has staged its first game between two local sides, Harlequins and Richmond in 1909. After that more than a century has paased and with it thousands of great battles and jaw-dropping moments have been witnessed by this ground,from England captain Bill Beaumont being lifted off the field after the 1980 Grand Slam, to Phillippe Saint-Andre’s incredible try for France in 1991 and Australia beating England in that year’s Rugby World Cup Final: every rugby fan has a Twickenham memory. This is the home of English rugby, and it has hosted a Rugby World Cup in 1991 and 1999, the famous ground has also staged showpiece Rugby League matches, and has rocked to the sound of the Rolling Stones. This ground has been expended to seat 81,605 in 2006. Very few sports grounds in the world come close to this famous ground in size and capacity.
Brighton Community Stadium:
Brighton Community Stadium also known as Falmer Stadium or for sponsorship purposes as the American Express Community Stadium. This is a football stadium, located near the village of Falmer in Brighton and Hove which serves as the home of Brighton & Hove Albion F.C… The stadium was handed over from the developers to the club on 31 May 2011. The first competitive game that was played at this stadium was the 2010–11 season final of the Sussex Senior Cup between Brighton and Eastbourne Borough on 16 July 2011. The first ever league game that was played here was against Doncaster Rovers. They were also the opponents in the last ever game played at Brighton’s former stadium, theGoldstone Ground, 14 years earlier.This stadium has capacity of 30,750 people. The stadium has won the New Venue Award at the Stadium Business Awards in May 2012. This stadium will be a venue for the 2015 Rugby WorldCup.
Elland Road Stadium:
Elland Road is a football stadium located in Leeds, West Yorkshire. This stadium was built and opened in the year 1897. It is the home of Leeds United A.F.C. since the club’s foundation in 1919 and before that it was occupied by Leeds City and Holbeck Rugby Club.Elland Road has four main stands – the Revie Stand, the East Stand, the South Stand and the John Charles Stand, which all together with the corners, bring the total capacity of the stadium to 37,890 people. Elland Road stadium will be used as a venue for 2015 rugby World Cup.
Kingsholm Stadium is a rugby union stadium; it is located in the Kingsholm area of Gloucester, England.The stadium is the home stadium of Gloucester Rugby. This stadium has a capacity of 16,500 people. It is sometimes nicknamed ‘Castle Grim’ after the estate where the stadium is built. The new main grandstand is opened in 2007 and it is an all seated 7,500 capacity stand along the south touchline. It is currently sponsored by Mira Showers.Kingsholm was used as a home stadium for England before they settled at Twickenham and this stadium also hosted New Zealand versus United States for a pool match in the 1991 Rugby World Cup. This stadium will be one of the venues for Rugby World Cup 2015.
Leicester City Stadium:
Leicester City Stadium is also known as the King Power Stadium, it is a football stadium located in Leicester, England. It is the home ground of Leicester City, who currently competes in the Premier League. Thisstadium was inaugurated in July 2002. This stadium has a capacity of 32,262 and it is the 19th largest stadium by capacity in England. The stadium is named after King Power, a company owned by club owner Vichai Raksriaksorn. The stadium will be used as a venue for 2015 Rugby World Cup.
The Millennium Stadium is the national stadium of Wales. It is located in the capital city of Wales, Cardiff. This stadium is the home of the Wales national rugby union team.It has also staged games of the Wales national football team. Initially it was built to host the 1999 Rugby World Cup;this stadium has gone on to host many other large-scale events, such as the Tsunami Relief concert, the Super Special Stage of Wales Rally Great Britain, the Speedway Grand Prix of Great Britain and numerous music concerts. This stadium was opened in June 1999 and its first major event was an international rugby union match on 26 June 1999. This stadium has a total seating capacity of 74,500; this stadium is the third-largest stadium in the Six Nations Championship behind the Stade de France and Twickenham, which is the largest. It is also the second-largest stadium in the world with a fully retractable roof and was the second stadium in Europe to have this feature. This stadium will be one of the venues of the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Manchester City Stadium:
Manchester City Stadium or the City of Manchester Stadium, located in Manchester, England is also known as Etihad Stadium for sponsorship reasons. This stadium is the home ground of Manchester City Football Club. For the 2014/15 football season, the stadium has a reduced capacity of 46,000 for domestic football matches and 45,500 for UEFA matches due to expansion work. Capacity of the stadium will increase to approximately 55,000 from August 2015, which will make it the third-largest stadium in the Premier League and the ninth-largest stadium in the United Kingdom.Under the terms of its lease, this stadium is able to host non-football events such as concerts, boxing and rugby league under Manchester City’s prerogative. Manchester City applied for a permanent license in 2012 in a bid to expand the number of non-footballing events at the stadium. This stadium will host one match in rugby union’s 2015 World Cup, which will be between hosts England and Uruguay on Saturday 10 October 2015.
Stadium mk is a football ground, located in the Denbigh district of Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England. The stadium was officially opened on 29 November 2007 by the Queen Elizabeth the 2nd.The current configuration of the stadium uses two tiers which can hold a capacity of 30,500 people. In addition to association football, this stadium is occasionally a host to rugby union. The stadium will host 3 matches in the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
The Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is commonly known as the Olympic Stadium. It is a stadium located in Stratford, London, England. It is located at Marshgate Lane in London’s Stratford district in the Lower Lea Valley. It was primarily built to serve as the host stadium for the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics where it hosted the track and field events, along with its opening and closing ceremonies. The stadium is located 6.5 miles (10.5 km) from Central London, but six minutes away from the London St. Pancras rail station via Stratford International Highspeed rail services. This stadium has a capacity of 54,000.The Olympic Stadium will host four Pool matches during the Rugby World Cup 2015 and the Bronze final.
Sandy Park Stadium:
Sandy Park is a rugby union stadium and award winning conference and banqueting center, located in Exeter, England. It is the home ground of Exeter Chiefs. The club relocated there from their former stadium at the County Ground in 2006. The stadium can hold 12,500 spectators andthis stadiumis located adjacent to M5 junction 30 which is around 5 miles from Exeter City Centre. Sandy Park is 1 of 13 venues that will stage the 2015 Rugby World Cup. The ground will host 3 pool matches including teams from Pool C and D.
St James’ Park Stadium:
St James’ Park is an all-seater stadium situated in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. It is the home ground of Premier League club Newcastle United F.C. This stadium has a seating capacity of 52,405 people. Apart from club football, St. James’ Park has also been used for international football, it was used as a football venue for the 2012 Olympics and will also be used as a rugby venue for the 2015 Super League Magic Weekend as well as the 2015 Rugby World Cup. In addition to professional football, the stadium has hosted charity football events and rock concerts, and been used as a set for film and reality television.The stadium is one of 13 venues that will host matches of the 2015 Rugby World Cup. It will host 3 pool matches in the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Villa Park Stadium:
Villa Park is a football stadium situated in the district of Witton, Birmingham, England. This stadium has a seating capacity of 42,682. It has been the home of Aston Villa Football Club since 1897. Villa Park has hosted more FA Cup semi-finals than any other stadium;in total it has hosted 55 matches. In the year 1999, the last ever final of the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup took place at Villa Park. Villa Park also hosted the 2012 FA Community Shield. It is one of the 13 venues of 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Wembley Stadium is an association football stadium located in Wembley Park, London, England. It was opened in 2007 and was built on the site of the earlier Wembley Stadium which was demolished in 2003. The stadium hosts major football matches such as the FA Cup Final and home matches of the England national football team.Wembley Stadium is a UEFA category four stadium,with the capacity of 90,000 seats it is the second largest stadium in Europe and the largest stadium in the United Kingdom. It is owned by The Football Association through their subsidiary Wembley National Stadium Ltd (WNSL).In domestic club football, in addition to the FA Cup final, the stadium hosts the season-opening FA Community Shield, the finals of the Football League Cup, the Football League Trophy and the Football League play-offs. In European club football, it hosted the 2011 and 2013 UEFA Champions League Final. In international football, the stadium hosted the Gold medal matches at the 2012 Olympic Games football tournament, and will host both the semi-finals and final of UEFA Euro 2020. The stadium also hosts the rugby league Challenge Cup Final, the NFL International Series and music concerts. It will be used as one of the host venues of 2015 Rugby World Cup.