Conservative Group Leader – Cllr. Geoffrey Theobald – believes that the decision to stage Rugby World Cup 2015 matches at Brighton & Hove Albion’s American Express Community Stadium will provide a huge boost to the city’s economy over the next few years and will provide a lasting legacy for the sport of rugby.
Speaking about the decision, Cllr. Theobald said: “I was always confident that Brighton & Hove, and our fantastic new Community Stadium, would get the thumbs up from the World Cup organisers but it is a great relief to have it finally confirmed today. It will give a tremendous boost to the local economy with thousands of fans potentially coming to stay and spend their money in our hotels, restaurants, bars and shops. It will give Brighton & Hove the opportunity to show millions of people around the world watching on TV what we have to offer, from Fiji to France and Namibia to New Zealand. I cannot overstate just how important that coverage is to our city’s future. On top of that it will be a massive boost to local rugby clubs, giving young people in particular the opportunity to experience international rugby of the highest calibre. If, fingers crossed, the Albion can manage to get into the Premier League, this could prove to be the most important couple of weeks in the city’s sporting history.”