I don't understand all this "we need to grow the stadium for the RWC" stuff. Tigers with a smaller stadium than the football grounds otherwise being used are probably going to get 1 match (maybe 2) between two lower ranked sides (Italy v Tonga anyone?). I doubt the ticket prices for such a game will be particularly high, but even if they increase them a bit, after the IRB have taken their slice of the money, 1 extra game is not going to significantly increase revenue for the club.
Some corporate people may want to use the hotel for the match but 2-3 nights maybe maximum. You've got to find another source of punters for the hotel.
Having hotel beds makes the conferencing facility more valuable, plus Leicester is quite a big city that is hardly overburdened with hotels.
The RWC is more a target than a driving force, it will be both the club's and the city's showpiece occasion and it would be better if the developments were either finished or at a suitable middle stage by that point. For example we wouldn't want the ground to be a building site for the World Cup.
Tigers have the plans for the new multi-story on the opposite side to Granby Halls agreed, which will help with parking, but the hotel is key for somewhere for home and away fans to stay, and away teams and their support staff, but more importantly the huge potential when the conferencing facilities are being used, as well as making the all the facilities more attractive, and the ability to charge more for them, as the hotel will be one mins walk from the conference.
The extra value of having hotel, sports, and conferencing all together means a large premium can be charged, esp. to sponsors and businesses.
Delays may be due to changes at the perhaps, was Martin Thomas going to be CEO of the company set up to run RWC, think he has been removed and only recently a new CEO or chairman appointed.
Expect the RWC plans will start moving forward now with confirmation of venues when agreements reached. Ma y be they are waiting for Sarries to agree their new home.
I expect the Hotel to be operated by one of the chains possibly Tigers owning the freehold and leasing it to the Hotel company thus generating more non rugby revenue.
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