The Raleigh Rugby Football Club currently owns and maintains their playing fields off of Poole Road, and have for 25 years. We boast four national championship teams, three from our women and one from our men. Even with all our success, we have not been very successful at promoting our sport and what it could mean to the Triangle.
I would suggest a look at Infinity Park in Glendale Colorado. This is the first Rugby focused facility in the USA. This has been a very successful venture between the City of Glendale, the Glendale Raptors Rugby Club, Loews Hotel and the YMCA. The blue print for this is available for us the reuse and they are willing to assist.
Mayor Pro Tem Mike Dunafon is willing to come to Raleigh and discuss this with the board of commissioners and business leaders.
We could see this downtown area become an international destination similar to what Glendale has done for Colorado. The TV package alone for the Rugby games played there covers 18 states over the Fox Network. We could piggy back that package for the Triangle. The youth program is outstanding. The YMCA is a state of the art training facility that is the model for many new YMCAs across the nation.
An ideal location for such a facility would be a small portion of the Dix grounds. Additionally, this could be the anchor to keeping the rest of the park as a natural area without any expense to the city or state.
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