Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club Saracens FC are hoping to get the required permission from the local authority to play their upcoming Heineken Cup quarter final fixture against Irish side Ulster at their new home at the Allianz Park which is located in North West London.
Barnet Copthall Stadium, which was previously known as the home to the Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers, one of the leading athletic clubs in the country now has an artificial turf and the club hierarchy believe it will boost the local community as well as providing a surface that is acceptable for top level European rugby.
However, in order to use the stadium for the match against Ulster rather than stage the match at either Twickenham or even the new Wembley Stadium, the English club will have to get the required permission from the Barnet Council temporarily allowing the club to increase the stadium capacity from 10,000 to 15,000 which is the minimum requirement for a quarter final stage match of European rugby.
Saracens FC play the Cardiff Blues in the Anglo Welsh Cup on Sunday, which will be the first match to take place on the artificial surface. Edward Griffiths, the chief executive officer of the club stated that the club will have to go through a lot of hoops before they can stage the Heineken Cup quarter final fixture against Ulster at the Allianz Park. He went on to state that they have already began dialogue with the authorities to see if it is possible to temporarily increase the capacity for one match or whether it would be a bit too soon.
Griffiths also stated that it is the new home of Saracens FC and the club would prefer to host each and every match in all competition there if it is possible.