Saracens in talks about hosting their Heineken Cup quarter-final at new Allianz Park
Last Updated: 21/01/13 2:20pm
Allianz Park: Saracens hoping to host their Heineken Cup quarter-final at the new Barnet ground
Saracens have started talks with Barnet Council over the possibility of staging their Heineken Cup quarter-final at their new Allianz Park home.
The Barnet ground, which will officially open on February 16 when the Sarries play Exeter, is the preferred choice for the quarter-final against Ulster on the weekend of April 26-28.
Sunday's test event against Cardiff in the LV=Cup will be the first game played on the artificial pitch, and the Sarries are hoping the council grants them permission to temporarily increase the 10,000 capacity to 15,000 to comply with tournament organisers for hosting the Ulster quarter-final.
Saracens chief executive Edward Griffiths said: "There are a number of hoops to go through before we can hold the match at Allianz Park.
"We are in talks with the council over the capacity to see if it's perfectly possible to increase the capacity for one match, or if it's too soon."
Should Saracens not be granted their bid to stage the quarter-final, Wembley or Twickenham are the potential alternatives.
Griffiths added: "This is our home ground now so we'd like to stage the match here. This is absolutely our first choice.
"We want to try and bring those discussions to a close by the end of next week. We want something agreed as soon as possible."