Milton Keynes’ hopes of being named as a venue for the Rugby World Cup have been boosted after a Sunday newspaper claimed that the city had been selected.
In October it was revealed that the Dons’ home of stadiummk was named on a ‘long list’ of potential grounds ahead of the tournament, to be held in England in 2015.
Now, a report in the Sunday Times has claimed that the stadium has been included on a final shortlist of 12 venues, although organisers are yet to make an official announcement.
The paper said that the city would host three games in the group stage of the tournament.
Work to increase stadiummk’s capacity to 30,500 is currently ongoing and the speculation will no doubt excite rugby fans in the local area.
Behind the scenes, The Milton Keynes Major Event group, that includes Milton Keynes Dons Football Club and Milton Keynes Council officials, has been working hard to put the city’s bid together.
Chairman Ann Limb has described the city as a ‘fantastic location for a premier sports event’.
She said: “Bringing events such as this to Milton Keynes and the region is a key economic activity that brings significant inward investment together with providing a once in a lifetime experience for all of our residents.”
The stadium has already hosted a number of top class rugby matches and ‘ticks all the boxes’ for the sport according to Dons chairman Pete Winkelman.