"Finn Russell's New Home" Bath Set to Upgrade the Rec to 18,000 Capacity Stadium - Ruck

“Finn Russell’s New Home” Bath Set to Upgrade the Rec to 18,000 Capacity Stadium

Bath Rugby are reportedly set to announce plans to upgrade their stadium, with an 18,000 capacity redevelopment in place at the Rec. The plans are set to be confirmed after Bath’s final home match of the regular Premiership campaign, as they take on Saracens on the 6th of May.

Ben Spencer, Captain of Bath Rugby with fans during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby Match between Bath Rugby and Exeter Chiefs at the Recreation Ground on 26 March 2023. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

Reports are coming in from a recent post on Construction Management, with the re-furbished Recreation Ground set to include “increased provision for accessibility needs, as well as providing a new permanent home for Bath Rugby Foundation, the club’s charity arm.”

Bath’s Recreation Ground has a true ‘old school’ feel, with the steep seats and dug-out stands giving a resounding nod to the amateur days of ‘yester-year’.

Ted Hill of Bath Rugby wins the line out during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby Match between Bath Rugby and Exeter Chiefs at the Recreation Ground on 26 March 2023. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

Also, the report continues to discuss how “As part of the redevelopment, the public riverside space to the west of The Rec will be widened.” Additionally, Bath are continuing to lead the way with eco-friendly facilities, and highlighted how the Somerset club will use sustainable and environmentally friendly materials for the new proposals.

The Rec currently has a full match-day capacity of 14,500. This boost reflects the positive moves forward that the blue, black and whites are striving for, as along with a new stadium, they are boosting the club with a marquee summer signing. Scotland talisman Finn Russell is set to join Bath ahead of the 2023/24 Gallagher Premiership season, with the fly-half leaving Parisian giants Racing 92.

Bath Rugby Fans during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby Match between Bath Rugby and Exeter Chiefs at the Recreation Ground on 26 March 2023. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

Bath Rugby chief executive, Tarquin McDonald, said on Construction Management: “After decades of conversation, we are confident the plans we will submit this summer will both excite and reassure the people of Bath.

“Our club, your club, is the heart of our city and now is the time to bring a stadium that will serve world-class men’s and women’s rugby, and our community, all year round.”