Castleford Tigers and Featherstone Rovers still waiting for Wembley ticket details after 'freedom day' delay

Castleford Tigers and Featherstone Rovers could hear this week how many tickets they will be allocated for next month’s finals at Wembley.

Tuesday, 15th June 2021, 10:25 am
Updated Tuesday, 15th June 2021, 10:28 am
The Challenge Cup at Wembley. Pixcture by Allan McKenzie/
The Challenge Cup at Wembley. Pixcture by Allan McKenzie/

Tigers take on St Helens in the Betfred Challenge Cup showpiece on Saturday, July 17, with Rovers facing York City Knights in the 1895 Cup final curtain-raiser.

Ticket allocations to clubs were delayed pending the government’s decision on whether coronavirus restrictions would be lifted, as originally planned, on June 21.

So-called ‘freedom day’ has been put back four weeks to Monday, July 19 - two days after the rugby league finals, but the RFL insisted they are “working with DCMS [Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport] and Wembley Stadium to maximise capacity at the stadium for the Betfred Challenge Cup Final and AB Sundecks 1895 Cup Final.”

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RFL chief commercial officer Mark Foster said: “We have had talks with the government in recent weeks and particularly in the last week since the semi-finals.

“With further discussions planned during the next couple of days, we hope to make a further announcement on ticketing arrangements before the end of the week.

“We have deliberately held back a proportion of tickets at Wembley Stadium, even for a limited capacity, to ensure that some supporters of the four clubs involved will be able to attend.

“With over four weeks to the finals the timescale is tight, but we still have enough time to ensure fans are able to purchase tickets, deal with any requirements to attend, plan their journeys and have a safe and enjoyable experience on match day.”

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