- Sandy Park named Rugby Venue of the Year at Rugby Expo Awards
- Venue will host the 2013/14 LV= Cup final
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Exeter Rugby Club chairman and chief executive Tony Rowe OBE has spoken of his delight after Sandy Park was crowned Rugby Venue of the Year at the prestigious Rugby Expo Awards held at Twickenham Stadium on Wednesday night (November 13).
The popular multi-million pound Devon venue, which was built in 2006 and which will host the 2013/14 LV= Cup final, took the prize ahead of the likes of Clermont Auvergne and Saracens, the latter of whom last season moved to their own new playing base at Allianz Park in Barnet.
The Rugby Expo award is just the latest honour to be bestowed on Sandy Park, which as well as being named as one of the host venues for the 2015 Rugby World Cup and the LV= Cup final venue, was last season voted the best match-day experience by supporters from all 12 Aviva Premiership clubs.
Sandy Park, however, is not just about rugby and in a busy period for the popular conference and banqueting facility, they have played host to awards nights of their own for the likes of Pride of Exeter, Devon Life and EDF Energy, as well as sold-out functions for the Exeter Chamber of Commerce and the charity Dream-A-Way.
Delighted Sandy Park has been singled out – Rowe
Commenting on the award, Rowe said: "Naturally we are delighted that Sandy Park has again been singled out for such praise within the rugby community. Since we moved here in 2006 from the old County Ground, our aim has always been to deliver the best match-day experience, as well as the best facilities to all those who visit us.
"This award is testimony to the hard work and effort that is put in by all of our staff, not just on match-days, but throughout the year in all that we do. As I've said before, Sandy Park cannot survive on just 20-odd games a year, so it's vital that our business is working to the highest standards throughout the year".
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Revealed last month at the season launch of the LV= Cup, which saw supporters from all 16 clubs gather to kick-off the campaign, Sandy Park will host the 2014 final of the competition on March 16, 2014. To be part of the rugby family, buy your tickets, available from Ticketmaster now.