Twickenham Expansion Brings More Space
When RFU officials announced plans to expand Twickenham Stadium with new corporate hospitality areas, the idea was to make the stadium more hospitable to corporate clients looking to entertain their guests with great rugby and opportunities for social interaction.
That plan has remained unchanged despite some dissatisfaction among local residents. The completed expansion will mean more corporate hospitality opportunities for DTB and our loyal customers.
Plans call to extend the East stand area of Twickenham without significantly increasing the current capacity of 82,000. RFU officials say that the main seating areas will not be altered in any way. Furthermore, they say all the expansion facilities and upgrades are designed entirely to address corporate hospitality.
The expansion will include additional hospitality suites along with a number of bars, restaurants and conference rooms. Oddly enough, the expansion will replace off-site facilities companies such as DTB have been using all along. The expansion is essentially bringing everything on site for a better Twickenham experience from start to finish.
More Space Equals Better Corporate Hospitality Opportunities
We certainly understand neighbourhood concerns that Twickenham's expansion could bring additional excited fans to the area for rugby matches. However, we do not think that this is likely to happen. Capacity will only be expanded in terms of corporate hospitality suites. And from our experience, corporate hospitality does not encourage the kinds of fans that neighbours are concerned about.
DTB is very pleased from a corporate hospitality standpoint to see the expansion move forward. We have long been involved in hospitality events designed to bring rugby to corporate fans and their guests at Twickenham, and the larger space and on-site facilities will only make our job easier. We anticipate better opportunities to serve our customers through rugby matches, concerts and other events at the stadium.
Twickenham's expansion is slated to be completed by autumn 2018. In the meantime, Richmond Council and neighbourhood representatives will be working together to improve the local neighbourhood and create plans to prevent the expansion from having any detrimental effect on residents and businesses. We have no doubt they will succeed.
When all is said and done, Twickenham Stadium will continue to be the best venue for rugby in England. This is good on a number of levels, especially in light of the fact that the RFU had previously said that England would not play international matches away from Twickenham in the future.
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