Sir James Dyson has urged the population of Bath to get behind Bath Rugbyâs plans to develop a new stadium at The Rec after his company was unveiled as the clubâs new title partner on Thursday.
The agreement will see two of the cityâs most famous brands join forces. Dyson will become Bathâs principal sponsor for the next two seasons which will see the corporationâs name emblazoned on the clubâs kit.
Sir James was a regular guest of club chairman Bruce Craig at matches at The Rec throughout last season. The world-famous vacuum cleaner inventor has been particularly impressed by plans to redevelop Bath Rugbyâs city centre home.
A long-standing dispute over land at The Rec has so far left the club frustrated in their bid to build a new stadium but Sir James believes it should be welcomed with open arms.
Sir James said: âI think itâs a wonderful scheme and the best stadium Iâve ever seen.
âItâs just perfect for Bath. I think itâs a fantastic addition. Bathâs very lucky to have it.
âHaving a coliseum in the heart of the city is what all good Roman cities should have. It would just be wonderful to see it.â
The ongoing saga over the new stadium draws parallels with Sir Jamesâ own attempt to develop a new design school in the city at the former Stothert Pitt Newark Works site at South Quays.
Six years ago, Sir James had to abandon his plans after the Government, which had asked him to launch the project, pulled the plug on funding.
Bath and North East Somerset Council had supported his school project and Sir James hopes opinions can change to allow the club to press on with their plan.
Sir James added: âIâm sure that Bath will realise what a wonderful gift they are having in that stadium. Not only is it an architectural masterpiece, Bruce is prepared to pay for it.
âBath should welcome it. I hope they do with open arms.
âNothing has happened on the South Quays site, they werenât interested in what we wanted to do. I think theyâll miss out if they donât grab these opportunities when theyâre presented.â
The club are currently waiting on a decision on plans to temporarily expand the stadium at The Rec and Bath Rugby chairman Mr Craig hopes to have the project for a new ground completed within two years.
Mr Craig added: âWeâve been put back 12 months but we are hoping that for the 2016-17 season weâd like to put the project into fruition.
âThe thing with rugby is itâs a fundamental part of the city. It would be such a tragedy if what 98 per cent of the population of Bath want doesnât happen.â
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New Bath Rugby partner Sir James Dyson backs club"s plans for new stadium