London's Olympic Stadium has been chosen to play host to five Rugby World Cup games in 2015.

13 other stadiums have been named in conjunction with the now-54,000 capacity arena. Twickenham Stadium will play host to three out of England's four pool games, the first of which will be played on the 18th September. The home of English Rugby will also host two quarter-finals, both semi-finals and the final itself.

The only other rugby grounds that have been selected are Cardiff's Millennium stadium, Gloucester's Kingsholm stadium and Exeter's Sandy Park. Eight Football stadiums will be used as the remaining venues including Wembley, St James Park, Elland Road, Etihad and Villa Park.

The Olympic Stadium will see the likes of rugby heavyweights New Zealand, South Africa and France gracing London's newest high-capacity stadium, as well as hosting the match between Ireland and Italy on Sunday October 4th. The tournaments bronze match will also be played at the east London stadium on Friday 30th October.

Sandy Park and Etihad Stadiums were added to the roster of World Cup venues after Manchester United's Old Trafford ground pulled out due to concerns over post-match pitch quality. The tournament organisers, England Rugby 2015, have to sell 2.9 Million tickets to cover the £80m guarantee owed to the International Rugby Board (IRB).

Not only do the stadiums that have been selected have high capacity, but have also been selected due to their geographical diversity, a massively important criteria for the tournament organisers when trying to maximise ticket sales and reach as large an audience as possible, especially in those regions where the sport does not command quite as big a draw and people are less likely to travel longer distances to watch live games.

Published in Stadia & Facilities
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