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Headingley Carnegie set for grand stage again

Headingley Carnegie Stadium is set for another major global event this Friday when World Champions New Zealand take on Papua New Guinea in the Rugby League World Cup but Leeds Rugby Chief Executive Gary Hetherington has warned that without investment hopes of attracting such fixtures in the future could be in jeopardy.
Headingley Carnegie set for grand stage again
by rleague.com

Headingley Carnegie Stadium is set for another major global event this Friday when World Champions New Zealand take on Papua New Guinea in the Rugby League World Cup but Leeds Rugby Chief Executive Gary Hetherington has warned that without investment hopes of attracting such fixtures in the future could be in jeopardy.

Friday's game is set to produce the highest attendance of any game in the pool stages outside of those involving hosts England and it will be followed by the first Quarter Final game of the tournament seven days later on Friday 15th November, also likely to involve the Kiwis. However, Hetherington believes the stadium can not expect to compete with modern stadiums for these events without redevelopment.

As well as Headingley Carnegie hosting these two massive games, New Zealand have used the city of Leeds as their base as they look to retain the title they won in 2008 and Hetherington believes the city can continue to attract world class sporting teams and occasions but only with a long term vision. The Chief Executive commented, "Leeds City Council have been tremendous partners of ours in the build up to the Rugby League World Cup and of course later this year, everyone in the city is excited about Le Grand Depart when the Tour de France starts here in Leeds. We recognise that Headingley Carnegie needs to be developed to continue to compete with the modern football stadiums and the purpose build rugby grounds that Warrington, St Helens and Salford amongst others enjoy.

"The financial reality is that we cannot jeopardise the future of the club to realise that dream. We are working hard with Leeds City Council to find a funding mechanism that will allow us to develop the South Stand, Western Terrace and Main Stand in the years ahead. The council have shown their support for world class facilities within the city, most notably this year with the opening of our fantastic new Arena in Leeds, and I am sure we can find a way to secure a lasting legacy so that fans for many generations can enjoy occasions like Friday night's game between New Zealand and Papua New Guinea,” added Hetherington.

Headingley hosted the first ever Rugby League international back in 1908 between the All Golds from New Zealand and the Northern Union, later to become Rugby League. A heritage blue plaque will be unveiled this Friday at the stadium to mark that historic occasion.

Tickets are on sale now from Headingley Carnegie or can be booked online 24 hours a day at www.rlwc2013.com/tickets The stadium will also host the World Cup Quarter Final next Friday night and fans who purchase tickets for the Papua New Guinea game can take advantage of half price tickets for the Quarter Final clash as well, also likely to feature New Zealand. Fans will be able to pay at the turnstile on the night for ground entry, priced £15 for adults and £7.50 for concessions.


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