Historic day as Milton Keynes welcomes World Cup rugby in 2015


Today is one of the most significant days in Milton Keynes’ history – the day the Rugby World Cup announced it would be coming to the city

This morning (Thursday), stadium:mk was revealed as one of the hosting venues for the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England, and will host three matches.

Councillor Andrew Geary, leader of Milton Keynes Council, believes that the date should go down in history, and cannot wait for the first match on October 1, 2015.

He said: “It is a real city effort and what Milton Keynes is all about. We had a dry run with the football world cup, but we knew the Rugby World Cup was coming in 2015. We knew if we did it right, we’d get the prize. And we did it. It has been 14 months of hard work.

“I think May 2, 2013 will go be one of the most historic dates in Milton Keynes’ history.”

MK Dons chairman Pete Winkelman said: “This is what MK can do well. I’m so proud the stadium will be part of that. It’ll be 10 years since planning permission was granted for the stadium when the World Cup comes here.

“Football was young in those days, and we hadn’t had rugby here, but that was our opportunity. We will have the third biggest sporting event in the world taking place in Milton Keynes.

“Let’s grab it together, and let’s do it the right way, the Milton Keynes way.”