Brighton and Hove 'perfect' to host Rugby World Cup says MP

The Argus: The American Express Community Stadium is on the long list of venues selected to host World Cup matches The American Express Community Stadium is on the long list of venues selected to host World Cup matches

 A bid to bring the Rugby World Cup to Sussex has been pressed home by a politician.

Brighton Kemptown MP Simon Kirby, has met senior officers of the Rugby Football Union to press the case for Brighton to be included as a host city for the 2015 competition.

American Express Community Stadium in Falmer has been included on a “long list” of 17 venues that could be selected to host World Cup matches.

Mr Kirby, who is parliamentary private secretary to the Minister for Sport, said: “I have experienced first hand the |excellent facilities available at the Amex.

“I know that this state of the art stadium would be an ideal setting for an international tournament as prestigious at the Rugby World Cup.

“The city itself offers an exciting destination for visiting rugby fans, within easy reach of the capital and international transport hubs.

“I am sure that my constituents and residents of Brighton and Hove would be extremely enthusiastic hosts to fans and teams from around the world.”

A decision on the final ten to 12 venues is due to be made early next year.

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12:28pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Hove Actually says...

Good if we get it but hardly news.
What would have been news is if a local politician didn't support his local area in this sort of situation
Good if we get it but hardly news. What would have been news is if a local politician didn't support his local area in this sort of situation Hove Actually

12:30pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Hove Actually says...

and we should get it as the AMEX looks like a Rugby Ball
and we should get it as the AMEX looks like a Rugby Ball Hove Actually

4:01pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Dudleyr says...

Great idea but two points. Isn't the spectator capacity too small to attract matches featuring the Southern Hemisphere teams and will it be possible to get the football markings off the turf?
Good luck and .... about time Brighton!
Great idea but two points. Isn't the spectator capacity too small to attract matches featuring the Southern Hemisphere teams and will it be possible to get the football markings off the turf? Good luck and .... about time Brighton! Dudleyr

11:38am Thu 15 Nov 12

Cash Bull says...

Dudleyr wrote:
Great idea but two points. Isn't the spectator capacity too small to attract matches featuring the Southern Hemisphere teams and will it be possible to get the football markings off the turf?
Good luck and .... about time Brighton!
YES
YES
but the pitch is ruined afterwards and there are not enough bars in close proximity.
[quote][p][bold]Dudleyr[/bold] wrote: Great idea but two points. Isn't the spectator capacity too small to attract matches featuring the Southern Hemisphere teams and will it be possible to get the football markings off the turf? Good luck and .... about time Brighton![/p][/quote]YES YES but the pitch is ruined afterwards and there are not enough bars in close proximity. Cash Bull

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