Kassam Stadium (London Welsh)

London Welsh

London Welsh  

Kassam Stadium

Grenoble Road, Oxford, OX4 4XP, England.

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Capacity of 12,500 Phone Number : +44 (0)1865 337 600

Kassam Stadium (London Welsh) The Kassam Stadium is the home of Oxford United Football Club and London Welsh Rugby Football Club, and is named after the ground's owner, and former chairman of the football club, Firoz Kassam.

To date, the Kassam Stadium has staged nothing higher than fourth-tier league football, as Oxford were relegated to Division Three the season before the new stadium was built and were further relegated to the Conference National in 200506. The club was previously based at The Manor Ground.

On 30 May 2012, rugby union side London Welsh RFC played the second leg of the 201112 RFU Championship Play-off final with the Cornish Pirates at the Kassam Stadium. London Welsh won the match 2920 in front of a crowd of 3,456. The victory gave them an overall aggregate win of 6641.

The stadium became London Welsh's home ground for the 201213 season in the English Premiership. London Welsh's promotion was initially rejected by the governing Rugby Football Union, but the decision was successfully appealed by the club. The move to the Kassam was a result of the Premiership's minimum capacity requirement of 10,000, which the side's former ground at Old Deer Park in Richmond did not meet. London Welsh played their opening fixture of the 20122013 Aviva Premiership season against Leicester Tigers on 2 September 2012, losing by 38 points to 13, in front of a crowd of 6,850 people.