Today (June 10th) marks 100 days until the Rugby World Cup 2015, but since Exeter’s Sandy Park was chosen as a host venue in 2013 the team have been busy taking booking from companies looking to make the most of the opportunity the tournament presents.
The world’s third biggest sporting event kicks off at Twickenham on September 18th, with games starting at Sandy Park on September 29th.
Event Sales Manager at Sandy Park, Bev Gratton, says “our diary during the period we are hosting games is packed already and we only have limited availability leading up to and following the games too. Organisers are excited about being able to hold their event during such an exciting sporting occasion at a venue where some of it is taking place.”
Having recently been awarded AIM Accreditation, Sandy Park is one of the South West’s premier Conference and Banqueting centres as well as being home to Aviva Premiership rugby team the Exeter Chiefs.
A £10 million redevelopment in 2014 increased stadium capacity to meet Rugby World Cup criteria, but also increased conference and banqueting space by over 80% (from 1025m² to 1880m²).
The conference and banqueting team at Sandy Park have already received many enquiries in relation to the World Cup and expect this to increase in the coming months, with awareness for the competition and its venues growing in the lead-up to the event.
Sandy Park, situated next to Junction 30 on the M5 and just 10 minutes from Exeter International Airport, has five versatile suites that can accommodate a total of over 1000 delegates. There are also 18 seminar suites, all of which have moveable walls to enable various configurations and capacities.
The venue has a dedicated in-house planning and operation team, plus in-house caterers who are passionate about providing top quality food for a range of requirements. The team are highly experienced in dealing with a range of events – from exhibitions, conferences, weddings and gala dinners for several hundred people, to small meetings for one or two.
Or better still, come and speak to us on the MIA stand at The Meetings Show on June 7-9 at the Olympia, London.