Hull Bids To Host Rugby League World Cup 2021 Matches

Hull Bids To Host Rugby League World Cup 2021 Matches
Hull Bids To Host 2021 Matches

Hull has put forward its bid to host matches at the 2021.

The city, which boasts a rich heritage, has submitted a proposal to become a host for the sport’s biggest international event, which will take place in England in three years.

A successful pitch would see two high-profile men’s matches – including a quarter-final – contested at the 25,586-capacity Stadium.

Hull’s bid is backed by the city’s two professional teams, and , plus the Superstadium Management Company and many of the city’s biggest institutions, including the , Hull College, , , the culture company Absolutely Cultured and Bondholders, the city’s business network.

It is hoped that hosting the tournament will strengthen Hull’s position as one of the country’s strongest cities.

Leader Stephen Brady said:

“As Leader of , I am delighted to support the bid from the city council and wider partners to bring the 2021 to Hull.

“The activities outlined in the bid show how committed to the city and city council are, and how, by hosting the World Cup in 2021, this will bring many positive impacts at all levels for the city and also .”

Cities and regions including , and Keighley, Tees Valley and St Helens also put forward bids to host matches ahead of the deadline on Tuesday 31 July. Successful applicants from the initial round of bidding will proceed to the “candidate stage” in August, with hosts announced in January 2019.

The men’s group stage games will begin on 23 October 2021, with the “Epic Finals Weekend” taking place on 27 and 28 November 2021.

The Stadium has hosted high-profile international matches, including England’s 34-12 victory against Fiji at the 2013 World Cup.

Councillor Brady said the city is aiming to deliver “the biggest and best-ever ”.

He said:

“Working with rugby league to achieve 2021 objectives will highlight the cultural and sporting richness within our great city and promote the appeal of the game which will include building a sustainable legacy, particularly through the health and social agendas.

“At the heart of our bid is to deliver the biggest and best-ever Rugby League World Cup, while increasing the profile of Hull and rugby league, and building on our ambitions to empower, enable and support our communities to be more active.

“Ultimately, I fully support the approach which the bid has taken, aligning programmes with our city-wide objectives, as set out in our City Plan, a ten-year plan which includes key ambitions to make Hull a place of opportunity for all and a world-class visitor destination.”

The tournament is contested every four years, with the 2021 tournament seeing men’s, women’s and wheelchair staged in a single event for the first time.

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