Warrington Wolves' Halliwell Jones Stadium to host International Origin match in June

Warrington Guardian: Wolves' Halliwell Jones Stadium will host some high-profile games in 2013 Wolves' Halliwell Jones Stadium will host some high-profile games in 2013

WARRINGTON Wolves’ Halliwell Jones Stadium will host an International Origin match between England and the Exiles on Friday, June 14, kick off 8pm.

Hoping to build on last year’s two-match series between England and their Super League teammates from Australia and New Zealand, the RFL have decided to move the series to new pastures instead of returning to last year’s venues, St Helens’ new Langtree Park Stadium and Huddersfield’s Galpharm Stadium.

Wolves’ chief executive Andy Gatcliffe believes the RFL’s decision is the latest vote of confidence for a facility that was also chosen to host two World Cup games later this year.

“It is a real joy for the Halliwell Jones Stadium that we will be hosting the Exiles match and the World Cup games,” he said.

“On top of which, we have Ben Westwood’s testimonial match later this month and for the fourth year in a row we are hosting the Championship Finals triple-header in September.

“It reflects on the quality of the facility and the off-field people we have here at the club.

“The RFL put great trust in us and know that they will get a first class service, which is why they keep coming back time and time again.”

Ben Westwood’s testimonial match against Wigan Warriors will be held on Saturday, January 26, kick off 3pm, while the Championship Finals day triple-header arrives in Warrington on Sunday, September 29.

Wolves’ stadium will also host a Rugby League World Cup group match between New Zealand and Samoa on Sunday, October 27 and a quarter-final game on Sunday, November 17.

Gatcliffe also thinks the RFL’s decision will benefit the town as a whole, and not just the club itself. “Every extra game we host here we are delighted about, as it raises the profile of the Halliwell Jones Stadium," he said.

“It also brings great economic benefit to the wider community, as the business community really do benefit from these games.

“Pubs, restaurants, taxi firms, hotels, they all feel the benefits to the area’s economy.”

“It is going to be a really good year for the club and the borough.”

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2:24pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Casual Postman of Orford says...

The more big games we get the more chance we will see stadium expanded to 20,000.
The more big games we get the more chance we will see stadium expanded to 20,000. Casual Postman of Orford

3:24pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Chris Terristaylor says...

Do you think that will be necessary though Postman?
Last year's average Super League attendance was about 11,500, which begs the question whether it will be financially worth the club's while to further increase the capacity for the sake of a handful of games every year.
Do you think that will be necessary though Postman? Last year's average Super League attendance was about 11,500, which begs the question whether it will be financially worth the club's while to further increase the capacity for the sake of a handful of games every year. Chris Terristaylor

7:55pm Thu 10 Jan 13

MikeJT says...

Thats why the management have said we will expand when it make s financial sense. We're no Salford !
Thats why the management have said we will expand when it make s financial sense. We're no Salford ! MikeJT

8:29pm Thu 10 Jan 13

OneLastTime says...

exactly, 15,000 capacity is more than enough for the next couple of seasons and i'm sure the attendance will increase season on season. So once we get many sell outs a season, it will then be worth expanding.
exactly, 15,000 capacity is more than enough for the next couple of seasons and i'm sure the attendance will increase season on season. So once we get many sell outs a season, it will then be worth expanding. OneLastTime

9:13pm Thu 10 Jan 13

MikeJT says...

The problem with us hitting capacity is actually more to do with a lack of away supporters. The south stand is very often approaching or at capacity.
The problem with us hitting capacity is actually more to do with a lack of away supporters. The south stand is very often approaching or at capacity. MikeJT

10:44pm Thu 10 Jan 13

OneLastTime says...

Have to agree, most of the games during a season the away stand is predominately home fans and it is only full with away fans in the 'Big' games like Wigan, St Helens & Leeds and even some of these bring a lack of away support on occasions.
The reason why i think there is a lack of away supporters is because of the distance most of the teams are from us, Both Hull teams, Broncos, Leeds, Huddersfield, Wakefield, Castleford, Bradford, Catalan Dragons. So until the away support is increased then we will have to keep filling it with home fans and giving away free tickets, which Wigan do and that is why they have a high average attendance.
Have to agree, most of the games during a season the away stand is predominately home fans and it is only full with away fans in the 'Big' games like Wigan, St Helens & Leeds and even some of these bring a lack of away support on occasions. The reason why i think there is a lack of away supporters is because of the distance most of the teams are from us, Both Hull teams, Broncos, Leeds, Huddersfield, Wakefield, Castleford, Bradford, Catalan Dragons. So until the away support is increased then we will have to keep filling it with home fans and giving away free tickets, which Wigan do and that is why they have a high average attendance. OneLastTime

1:30pm Fri 11 Jan 13

MikeJT says...

If simple crowd numbers were the ultimate aim then we could follow Bradford's lead with cheap tickets, and thus fill the stadium every week on considerably lower turnover.

Personally I think a successful financially sound company is the better option and that's why many SL teams follow Warrington's examples.
If simple crowd numbers were the ultimate aim then we could follow Bradford's lead with cheap tickets, and thus fill the stadium every week on considerably lower turnover. Personally I think a successful financially sound company is the better option and that's why many SL teams follow Warrington's examples. MikeJT

4:13pm Fri 11 Jan 13

OneLastTime says...

Yea, otherwise they end up in Bradford's and Salford's situation.
Yea, otherwise they end up in Bradford's and Salford's situation. OneLastTime

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