Castleford planning to deliver new stadium in time to avoid exclusion from Super League (Video)

CASTLEFORD Tigers insist they will have the finances to see their new stadium materialise in time for the 2012 season even though they are currently seeking additional funding.

The West Yorkshire club suffered a blow to their Super League play-off chances with a disappointing 38-6 defeat at home to arch-rivals Leeds Rhinos last night having unveiled plans for their proposed 13,300-capacity ground earlier in the day.

Castleford must move from their current home of The Jungle to enhance their chances of securing a new Super League licence next year and, having seen the fruits of their 150,000 investment with architects Ramsden & Partners, are now in a position to push forward.

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They will make a detailed planning submission in October for the new stadium at Glasshoughton on Junction 32 of the M62 – in the retail district close to Xscape – and hope to start construction in the Spring.

However, Tigers chief executive, Richard Wright, admits the club, which secured outline planning permission nearly three years ago, are still looking for further investment for the project which could cost around 11.5m.

"We have the funds in place – we are confident we can deliver a stadium for minimum standards in terms of the licence – but are looking at further revenue streams to enhance it," he said.

"We're working with commercial interests, community and, more recently, a working party with fans who obviously want to contribute.

"We're looking at the best way they can do that."

It is understood Castleford are also targeting a business to buy naming rights to the new stadium and are confident their current land will soon be valuable for housing given a chemical order on the nearby former Hickson site has apparently been revoked.

Wakefield Council's contribution is valued at 2m and the Tigers also have base funding from developers Waystone for the 20-acre plot.

Wright added: "This is the first time people have seen our detailed designs and it is a vital step.

"We've resolved the complex issues of highways, environment, noise and pollution and have the formality of the detailed planning permission to get through before we can start construction but expect to get that in January."

Castleford and Wakefield seem to be the clubs most under threat with at least one Super League club definitely being demoted to the

Championship at the end of next season.

The RFL announced last week that all those requiring new stadiums to meet criteria for 2012-2014 licences must be able to move in for the start of the 2012 season.

"We're very mindful of that and everything we do is based around that timeline as it's so important for us to get that licence," said Wright.

"It is crucial. There is a a danger for us if we don't and the RFL have made their position very clear in terms of what's likely to happen.

"But we're focused on delivering for the start of the 2012 season. It might not be February, it could be March, but we are confident of achieving it."

While the majority of the stadium capacity will be seating, in response to views given by the club's supporters, the new stadium will also incorporate a large section for standing while featuring increased hospitality and conferencing facilities.

The base for the pitch is to be in place by May next year.