WASPS MOVE HITS SNAG
(Thursday 3rd January 2002)
London WaspsThe proposed move to bring London Wasps in as tenants to Adams Park has hit a snag after the two parties could not agree with the rental charge for use of the ground. Wanderers director Graham Peart revealed to the Bucks Free Press on Wednesday that Wasps are not happy with the amount of rent Wycombe want to charge them and that they want to 'alter the figures substantially'. Wasps are currently charged in the region of 17,000 per match for 'a clean stadium' at Loftus Road where they play 14 League matches per season plus any cup games.

The Wycombe Board have been virtually silent since the story broke in early December and a Press Release promised for the week ending 21st December never materialised. Many fans have been confused by the lack of information on the deal, leading to an overall negative view of the proposals. Concerns have also been raised over who will have priority over fixtures dates. Wasps would need special permission from the Zurich Premiership to play at a ground where they do not have first choice over fixtures and some fans are worried that fixtures could be moved to Friday evening's or Sunday's.

Wycombe and Wasps have held at least two further meetings since the original story broke on Monday 10th December but no firm financial details have ever been released. However, it's understood that the cost of replacing the Adams Park pitch will be at least 350,000. The current surface is unsuitable for Rugby and will need to converted to a 'Desso' style pitch similar to QPR, Reading and Watford. Peart also revealed to the Bucks Free Press that undersoil heating would be installed as part of any deal, although the nature of the funding for this part of the project was not made clear.



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