1. ITV Report

Former Quakers' home could become rugby ground

The Darlington Arena could become a new rugby ground Photo: PA

Darlington's 25,000-seater former football stadium could be about to become a centre for Rugby.

The arena has been empty since the club moved after being rescued from administration earlier this year.

In September, Mowden Park Rugby Club said it was prepared to take on the stadium if it could build training pitches on a plot of land nearby.

Currently, the various teams train in different venues across the town and it is hoping to bring them to one site.

Talks have been taking place for several weeks and it is believed a deal has been agreed in principle with the council and the stadium's owners.

Now, cabinet members are expected to approve the proposals at a meeting next week, although discussions will be behind-closed-doors as some details are commercially sensitive.

The leader of the council, Councillor Bill Dixon, told ITV News that he hoped it may guarantee the stadium's future as a sporting venue.

The Quakers - now called Darlington 1883 - moved from The Northern Echo Arena at the end of last season to save money.