Saracens staying at Vicarage Rd for now

Saracens will keep playing their Aviva Premiership matches at Vickerage Road for the immediate future.


Saracens have applied to use Copthall Stadium and are waiting for planning permission which should come over the next three months.


However Saracens hope to have their new ground with a state-of-the-art artificial pitch in January.


Watford Football Club will therefore continue host to Saracens during the 2011-12 season, after a new short-team contract was concluded between the Hornets and their rugby tenants.


The agreement, struck on enhanced terms for Watford FC, means that Saracens will play at least 10 home fixtures at Vicarage Road once their 2011-12 campaign commences.


“The club is happy to welcome Saracens back to our stadium next season,” said Hornets’ owner Laurence Bassini.


“They approached us to see if we could take into account their current situation with regard to their ongoing Copthall Stadium negotiations.


“Given the long-standing relationship between Watford and Saracens, it is only right that we considered their request.”


There is an option for additional matches – above the original 10 – to be played at Vicarage Road by Saracens, with pre-agreed per-match payment terms.

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