World Cup organizers say the men’s opening match between England and Samoa at the 52,400 capacity St James’ Park in Newcastle on Saturday October 15 is set to sell out.
More than 250,000 tickets have already been purchased for the tournament, which includes 61 matches for men, women and wheelchair users at various English venues.
And with the help of a major national TV promotion campaign due to start later this month, organizers believe more than 500,000 will be sold by opening day, which also includes a men’s duel between holders Australia and Fiji at Headingley, Leeds , takes place.
The men’s and women’s finals will be played as a double-header at Old Trafford, Manchester on Saturday 19 November, with the wheelchair final taking place the night before at Manchester Central Convention Complex.
All eight Wheelchair Games taking place at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield, one of three venues alongside London’s Copper Box Arena and Manchester Central Convention Complex, are already sold out.
There will also be a Rugby League World Cup for the Disabled in Warrington from Sunday 23rd October to Sunday 30th October.
“We are pleased to achieve such a significant ticketing milestone at this stage,” said Mick Hogan, the tournament’s Director of Revenue.
“We are incredibly pleased that this year’s World Championships will be the best attended in the long history of our sport.
“What is particularly encouraging is the appetite for tickets to all three tournaments, with our opening matches for the men’s, women’s and wheelchair competitions all selling well.
“We want to inspire the next generation of rugby league players and fans alike, which is why we have developed a ticket pricing strategy that will make the tournament one of the most affordable and family-friendly international sporting events in history.”
The tournament was originally scheduled for 2021 but was postponed following the withdrawal of Australia and New Zealand, who cited “concerns for the welfare and safety of players” linked to Covid.
The National Lottery Trophies Tour kicks off in Newcastle on Friday 26th August, marking 50 days until the big start.
Cutlery for men, women and wheelchair users will be shipped across the country to host cities.
The tour will also feature Super League, Championship and League One clubs, as well as a host of other events.
The trophies will be displayed in Huddersfield on Monday 29 August to celebrate the 127th anniversary of the birth of rugby league.
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