ONLY 9,500 tickets will be available to Leeds Rhinos fans for the sudden-death Super League semi-final on Friday, September 29.
Capacity for Rhinos’ biggest game of the season will be reduced to 12,500, with 3,000 tickets being allocated to the away team. Rhinos will face the team finishing third in the Betfred Super-8s. It will be Danny McGuire and Rob Burrow’s final game together and the last before the Headingley’s North Stand is demolished.
Tickets will be available for Rhinos members from Tuesday and on general sale over the weekend and chief executive Gary Hetherington expects Leeds’ allocation to have been snapped up by this time next week.
“The capacity will be reduced to 12,500 following the demolition of the South Stand and with the television gantry in place in the North Stand,” Hetherington confirmed. We don’t know who we will be playing yet, but all the teams still in contention for third place have a big away following and we have allocated 3,000 tickets for the away team.
“We are expecting to have sold our allocation by next Monday.”
The attendance for last Friday’s visit of Salford Red Devils – when there was nothing at stake for Rhinos – was 13,094.
“It is all part of the logistical challenges we have got with the stadium redevelopment,” Hetherington said.
Rhinos are promoting the semi-final as the “end of an era”.
Hetherington added: “We want to give a big send-off to Danny McGuire, Rob Burrow and the North Stand.”
“It will be another special Headingley experience. The celebration of the last stand – when we said farewell to the South Stand – was an emotional experience and this will be the same.
“There is a lot going on behind the scenes to make the presentation as good as it can be and to recognise [the contribution of] Danny and Rob.
“It will live long in the memory and in six weeks’ time the stadium will look very different, because 65 per cent of it will have disappeared.”