Articles by amongst others The Times and The Daily Mail describe the decision as a crucial one and argue strongly for local councillors to give it their full support.
Writing in The Times, Chief Rugby Correspondent Owen Slot goes so far as to say that Cornwall is “on the verge of either a huge step forward or an eternal step backwards.”
The Mail hopes the council; “sees sense” in the interests of “the prosperity of a rugby heartland” . Commentators also see the many wider benefits beyond sport that project could deliver, The Times pointing towards the community “focal point” the Stadium will represent and its contributions to employment and the wider ambitions the county has.
David Walrond , Principal of Truro and Penwith College, one of the Stadium partners committed to making the project a centre of education, training and business support as well as sport, recognises the significance of the intense national interest in this Cornish debate:
“This national coverage and its support for the Stadium evidences well what we are saying about how the project will boost the profile and economic pull of Cornwall. There is a national interest now in whether Cornwall really is prepared to invest in itself, and clearly an intense hope that it will do so.
“So many of us here in Cornwall would love to be reading in the national press in a few years’ time not about what Cornwall might achieve or what it could become, but about what we have achieved and what we are becoming. How councillors vote today will, as these national perspectives confirm, will decide whether that comes to pass.”