MK switch pleases Saints
Northampton's Allan Robson believes the staging of their away match against Saracens at Stadium:mk hands the Saints an advantage.
The Northampton chief executive was speaking following the announcement that London club Sarries will take a number of their home games in the 2012/13 season 'on the road', which includes the staging of one match at the home of League One football club MK Dons on December 29.
Geographically, the ground is a shorter trip for Northampton than it would have been had the game been scheduled to take place at Saracens' usual home at Vicarage Road in Watford.
And the Saints have already played and won matches at Stadium:mk, including two Heineken Cup knock-out matches last season against Ulster and Perpignan. The matches were moved to the ground after Northampton's own Franklin Grounds was deemed unsuitable to host.
"It does suit us to be playing nearer to home. It's a ground that we know and we've got some happy memories there," said Robson.
"But we've still got to play the same team. It's Saracens whether it's here or 100 miles away and they'll pose a huge threat."
Northampton will be looking for another strong showing in 2012/13 after finishing fourth in last year's Aviva Premiership and earning qualification for the Heineken Cup.