It's not about the ground, it's about the fans, says James Haskell
Last Updated: 14/12/14 6:32pm
England flanker James Haskell said after his side's 44-17 win over Castres that it's not an emotional day to leave Adams Park, as the fans will make their new stadium feel like home.
Emotions were prevalent in High Wycombe as London Wasps said goodbye to Adams Park with a thrilling win over Frech rivals Castres.
Speaking after the game Wasps captain James Haskell said that while some players were emotional, he believes that the fans will carry their familiar voice to Coventry, making it feel like home to the players.
"For a lot of the boys it's difficult to explain the emotion," said Haskell after the win.
"This club has had a great legacy in the European Cup and I think there has been so many good memories here. To finish against a European team, against one of our old rivals, Castres, is great."
When asked which European game stood out the most for him, Haskell pointed to a 35-13 win over an old Irish foe in 2007.
"When we played Leinster here in the quarter-finals, that was a really big game for us. We hadn't won a Heineken Cup when we were coming into that trying to win our first one. It was huge."
It's never been about the home ground, it's always been about the fans and the people. That's what Wasps has been all about.
Wasps will be glad to have ended their trophy-rich tenure at Adams Park with a win, and will hope that their performances this season will encourage their fans to make the trip to Coventry to watch their side in action.
The man with 53 England caps, though, is aware that not all their fans will be able to join them in the move.
"A lot of them are going to come with us, which is a positive. Some won't be able to make it, and it's important that we thank them and respect them for all the time they've given."
When asked by Sky Sports pundit Will Greenwood how emotional it will be to leave Adams Park, Haskell insisted that it is not a sad day, as the fans who will be making the trip to Coventry will make their new stadium feel like home.
"It's never been about the home ground, it's always been about the fans and the people. That's what Wasps has been all about.
"We've never really had a home; we've had a couple of training grounds but it's about the people."
"That's what I will always remember. The same faces you see around here and some of the great players in the changing room.
"I look around now and it's just me. It's been difficult because I've had to fill the leadership role and I'm looking around for other people - the likes of Joe Worsley, Fraser Waters, Paul Volley, Lawrence [Dallaglio] and there's nobody there.
"Just Andy Goode, and he ain't pretty to look at!"