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Challenge Cup Match Info: Wigan vs St Helens

Wigan Rugby League Club Ltd were instructed by the Board of Directors of the Rugby Football League Governing Body ("RFL") that Wigan must play their quarter-final match against St Helens on Saturday afternoon 12th May at 2:30pm at another stadium if the D
Challenge Cup Match Info: Wigan vs St Helens
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Wigan Rugby League Club Ltd were instructed by the Board of Directors of the Rugby Football League Governing Body ("RFL") that Wigan must play their quarter-final match against St Helens on Saturday afternoon 12th May at 2:30pm at another stadium if the DW Stadium is not available.

This is in spite of the fact that Wigan informed the RFL formally on 6 October 2011 in writing in Wigan's pre-season "dates-to-avoid" submission to the RFL 2012 Season Fixtures Planning Department that the DW would not be available on Saturday/Sunday 12/13 May because of Wigan Athletic's final Premiership home game on Sunday 13th May.

Immediately following the quarter-final draw on Tuesday 1st May when the position became clear to the RFL which Wigan had pre-advised as a potential problem in October 2011, Wigan offered to play the quarter-final game on the evening of Friday 11th or Monday 14th May at the DW Stadium.

Wigan Warriors refused to jeopardise in any way Wigan Athletic's crucial last Premiership game of the Season against Wolverhampton Wanderers by a request for Warriors to play at the DW Stadium the day before such an important match.

Wigan Chairman and Owner, Ian Lenagan, commented:

"We feel let down by the RFL that they are prepared to countenance the loss of integrity of their famous Challenge Cup competition by removing home advantage from the Challenge Cup holders in a critical and closely competitive quarter-final in order to fit in with preferred television schedules when valid and practical alternative days and times were available.

"We also feel that the RFL scheduling of Challenge Cup rounds has been poor with three rounds in 30 days followed by 9 weeks before the semi-finals. More importantly, no account seems to have been taken of the clear conflicts with football-shared stadiums on the weekend of the 13th May with immovable Premier League final matches taking place then plus League 1 playoffs. Wigan, Hull and Huddersfield all share stadiums with football clubs and were possible to be in the quarter-finals albeit Wigan are the only Premier League club.

"Wigan Warriors clearly indicated in their pre-season requested-dates-to-avoid submission to the RFL Operations Department on 6th October 2011 that the Wigan Athletic game on Sunday 13th May should be avoided and it is clearly known by the RFL that Wigan Warriors also cannot play the day before a Premiership match.

"In spite of these potential conflicts, the Challenge Cup quarter-final was scheduled for that Saturday and Sunday ? precisely the dates requested to be avoided by Wigan before the fixtures were established by the RFL.

"We feel that Wigan and the integrity of the Challenge Cup competition have been penalised unfairly by this instruction to play away from home."

Whilst hoping that the integrity of the competition would prevail, Wigan identified and negotiated at short notice with stadiums in Leigh, Bolton and Warrington all of whom were extremely helpful ? as have been the St Helens club throughout this last difficult 3 days.

Before announcing the enforced away venue for the Warriors tie, Ian Lenagan discussed again the situation with Dave Whelan since both men are passionate and active supporters of anything Wigan. Even though they both believe it completely wrong that the town of Wigan should be put in this position, the decision was made in these highly exceptional circumstances to attempt to allow the quarter-final tie to be played at the DW Stadium the day prior to the Wigan Athletic game following receipt of a favourable weather forecast. Premier League expressed reservations were answered by Dave Whelan's assurances that the pitch was in good condition and that special arrangements were in place in these exceptional circumstances to ensure the pitch remained so.

Dave Whelan commented:

"It is scandalous to be put in this position but we cannot see Wigan Warriors playing such a game away from home. All Wigan folk, whether primarily rugby or football supporters, come together in wishing to see two such important games shown from the Wigan stadium across the country on successive days next weekend."

Ian Lenagan commented:

"It is excellent to be able to demonstrate publicly the togetherness and strength of football and rugby in Wigan. Having watched personally the Wigan Athletic games against Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United and Fulham recently, one can touch and feel the respect for the performances of Wigan Athletic as well as Wigan Warriors. I now look forward to great crowds watching both teams together that weekend at the DW Stadium."

Wigan Warriors will play St Helens at the DW Stadium on Saturday 12th May at 2:30pm.

Ticket Details for Wigan v St Helens Cup Clash

Wigan Warriors will face St Helens at the DW Stadium on Saturday 12th May, 2.30pm in the Carnegie Challenge Cup Quarter Final.

Tickets will be priced as follows:-

AREA
ADULT
CONCESSION (Students, Young Adults 16-18 & Over 60's)
JUNIOR (5-16 year olds)
FAMILY (2 adults & 2 juniors)

West Stand (Gold - central blocks)
&;23
&;17
&;17
N/A

West Stand (Blue - outer blocks)
&;22
&;16
&;16
N/A

East Stand (Silver - central blocks)
&;21
&;15
&;15
N/A

East Stand (Red - outer blocks)
&;20
&;14
&;14
&;62

South Stand (Green)
&;19
&;13
&;13
&;58

Junior season ticket holders are entitled to claim a free match ticket for this game however this must be done in advance of the game before 5pm on Friday 11th May. A special Family Ticket for 2 adults and 2 juniors will also be available as priced above and this also must be pre-purchased with the same deadline.

Due to two longstanding booked weddings at the Stadium on the 12th May some normal match day facilities will be affected. The North Stand will be closed for this game and St Helens supporters will initially be located in the northerly most sections of the East Stand (Blocks ES1, ES2 and ES3) and West Stand (WS8, WS9 and WS10) this is in consideration of the impact of noise on the wedding which is taking place in the Marquee Lounge that is located beneath the North Stand. As a result, a small number of Wigan Season Ticket holders that normally sit in these blocks will be asked to re-locate to the Southerly end of the same stand for this game.

Tickets for the game will go on sale at 4pm on Friday 4th May through the DW Stadium Ticket Office, via the Ticket Hotline on 0871 66 33 552 (calls cost 10p per minute from a BT landline, other operators may vary) and online at www.wiganwarriors.com. The Ticket Office will remain open until kick off at 8pm, with extended hours on Saturday (9am-3pm), Sunday (10am-2pm for personal callers only) and Bank Holiday Monday (10am to 4pm).

Season ticket holders will have until close of play on Tuesday to purchase their existing reserved seats (except those noted above who will be relocated*). During this period any seats not reserved by season ticket holders will be available on General Sale. Any reserved seats that have not been claimed will be released on General Sale from Wednesday 9th May.

(Bank Holiday) Monday 7th May
10am - 4pm
Season ticket holders to purchase their season ticket seat*

Non season ticket holder seats on general sale

Tuesday 8th
9am - 5pm
Season ticket holders to purchase their season ticket seat*

Non season ticket holder seats on general sale

Wednesday 9th May - Friday 11th May
9am - 5pm
All tickets on general sale

Saturday 12th May
9am - 2.30pm
All tickets on general sale

Wigan Warriors thank fans for their patience and understanding of these unique circumstances.




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