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Glasgow Warriors will play their rugby at the Firhill Stadium next season, after securing a groundshare arrangement with Partick Thistle football club.

The deal gives the Warriors branding rights for the stadium, and the flexibility to run al their own matchday events and hospitality.

“Firhill is a great facility,” said captain Alastair Kellock.

“The deal is much like the one that The Ospreys have at Liberty Stadium, which I think was a huge factor in helping them win the league.”

The warriors played at Firhill during the 2005/6 season before returning to Hughenden last season, but at Hughenden they were held in check by the limitations on their rights of use.

“Recognising that the Glasgow Warriors would be unable to remain at Hughenden because of Hillhead’s development plans, we looked in great detail at many possible alternative grounds for the future home of the Warriors,” said SRU Chief Executive Gordon McKie.

“Having secured what amounts to a strong partnership with Partick Thistle over the use of Firhill, we are comfortable that our players, coaches and loyal supporters will be pleased with their new home.”

Partick Thistle’s finance director and former chairman, Tom Hughes, added: “This is a great opportunity for both Partick Thistle and the Glasgow Warriors to work together and use joint initiatives for the benefit of the supporters and the community.”

So it would appear the future is bright for Glasgow next season – not least because of the extra possibility of night-time games, according to coach Sean Lineen.

“Firhill has fantastic floodlights and a fantastic surface and I know it’s a place where the players love playing,” he said.

“It’s up to everyone to help make this work and it’s great to have rugby, in Glasgow, at a first class facility.”

 

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