It seems stadium fever has hit the north of England.
Hot on the heels of Doncaster opening their new 15,700-seater Keepmoat Stadium, and the announcement that Salford plan to build a 20,000 capacity stadium, comes news that Castleford have submitted plans for a new home base of their own.
Plans for the Tigers new ground were submitted with local council this week for the new 75 million pound complex.
Like most modern moderately sized stadiums, the facility will also incorporate office and commercial space to ensure the project is profitable. The stadium will hold 13,000 fans and will be built from scratch at the former Glasshoughton colliery site adjacent to the M62 freeway.
The glut of new stadium plans has no doubt coincided with the RFL?s decision to abolish the promotion-relegation system for Superleague.
In 2009 the League plans to establish a set of criteria that will determine whether a team is incorporated into, or remains in, Europe?s elite competition.
Teams with decrepit grounds such as Castleford and Salford hope a brand new stadium might just be their ticket into the new era.Like