Northampton Saints will make stadium:mk return in 2012

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TOP level rugby union will return to Milton Keynes in January 2012 when Northampton Saints take on Munster in the Heineken Cup at stadium:mk.

Saints played two games at stadium:mk last season when 21,309 fans turned out to see them beat Ulster in the quarter final and then 18,231 saw them beat Perpignan in the semi-final. They eventually lost 33-22 to Leinster in the final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

This is the first time that Saints have moved a regular season match to the 21,500-capacity stadium:mk. They also take on Scarlets and Castres in Pool 1 matches, but with a large contingent of Munster fans expected it’s that game which has been moved away from the club’s 14,000-capacity Franklin’s Gardens home, although the date for the game has not yet been confirmed.

MK Dons chairman Pete Winkelman said: “Northampton Saints playing their Heineken Cup games at stadium:mk were two of the greatest events in Milton Keynes this year.

“The stadium was transformed into a wash of green, black and gold with the noise and atmosphere reaching spine-tingling volumes. We’re delighted to welcome them back and look forward to continuing to develop our ever strengthening relationships with one of the country’s premier rugby union clubs.”