THE RUGBY Football Union (RFU) is facing a multi-million pound bill to replace the roofs of three of the four stands at Twickenham Stadium.
A recent structural inspection of the stadium revealed that the roofs over the north, west and east stands will have to be replaced. Sources from the RFU council have said that the inspection brought to light the exceeded life spans of all three plastic roofs. The normal life span of a plastic roof is 25 years; however, the stadiums north stand roof is now 28 years old and the other two are both 26 years old.
Although the glass reinforced plastic panels will have to be replaced, the inspection revealed that the roofs steel structure is up to scratch and won’t require any work.
The actual cost of the two-year long project is yet to be determined. Officials say that they expect a seven-figure expenditure, but are “evaluating the most cost-effective options to extend the residual lifespan of the roof.”
The news comes following a recent £81m refit of hospitality facilities in the stadiums east stand. Prior to this, the RFU had already announced major cuts including; a £5m loss of funding for community games, forecast losses of over £11m in the next financial year and a £10m worth of overall cost-cutting.