Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Saracens Agree a New Deal to End the Year at Vicarage Road; Club Ditch Idea of Temporary Move and Decide to Stay at Watford until New [Pounds Sterling]14m Home Is Ready

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Saracens Agree a New Deal to End the Year at Vicarage Road; Club Ditch Idea of Temporary Move and Decide to Stay at Watford until New [Pounds Sterling]14m Home Is Ready

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Byline: Chris Jones

SARACENS have agreed a new deal with Watford to play their first 10 home games next season at Vicarage Road as they wait for planning permission on a [pounds sterling]14million revamp of the Barnet Copthall stadium.

Sarries had considered ground-sharing with Harlequins, Northampton or the MK Dons temporarily but have opted for continuity by signing a shortterm agreement with the Championship football side.

The deal is for at least 10 games although Saracens, who have been at Vicarage Road since 1997, will be able to stay there longer if there are delays in transforming their new home.

The Barnet Copthall application is going through the local council planning process but the club hope to have their new ground with a state-of-the-art artificial pitch in January.

Sarries, who face a Premiership semifinal play off against Gloucester on Sunday at Watford, picked up three honours at the Aviva Premiership Rugby Awards in London last night. …

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