Saracens' Barnet Copthall move 'on track'

Mobile stands could give Barnet Copthall a capacity of up to 10,000
Mobile stands could give Barnet Copthall a capacity of up to 10,000

Saracens chief executive Ed Griffiths says the club could relocate to Barnet by next season, as long as a current planning application is a success.

Sarries revised their initial plans for a new stadium at Copthall following a consultation period.

Griffiths told BBC Three Counties Radio: "We hope to reach the planning committee sometime in November.

"That would leave us on track to move in at the start of next season. There's a very tight schedule."

Griffiths believes the Premiership champions will also reap the benefits of playing a Heineken Cup fixture in Cape Town in January.

The pool stage match against Biarritz will be the first Heineken Cup encounter outside of Europe.

"I'm very confident the game will more than pay its way," added Griffiths.

"And I would think a crowd of about 40,000, maybe more, is well within our reach.

"As a club we're very conscious we need to grow, we need to grow our supporter and commercial base.

"We're a north London club emphatically but with a strong South African flavour.

"We think that by taking a major game to Cape Town we'll significantly grow that base."

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