No point us getting too worked up about St Helens. Could they have done a better job? Of course, but on the flip side they still drew a solid crowd and it was still 8K+ bigger than the last World Cup match hosted by St Helens.
At the end of this tournament, the RFL should ensure it meets with all the host cities, find out what worked and what didn't, and then for future events they ever put out to tender, put minimum standards. This tournament, rightly or wrongly, Sally Bolton and crew, left the local bodies to co-ordinate their own promotion, whilst her team looked after the overall event promotion. Naturally some areas like Bristol, Rochdale, Workington and Huddersfield all did amazing jobs. We've then had plenty of solid performers, who whilst they could have done more, still did a good job, and then of course there is the Cardiff's and St Helens, where we would have liked to have seen more.
At least for this tournament, the 'lesser' performances haven't been hurting us, the crowds still turned up, the matches still looked great on TV, and there was still a solid atmosphere.
Let's keen the positive talk up and let's get people focusing on turning up to the remaining games.
Wrexham, we know over 6,500 has been sold, could we be pushing the 10K mark? Has the second level of the Eric Roberts Stand been opened up yet?
For Workington, you can only buy into the Town End at this Stage (and only limited tickets there), everything else seems to be at capacity.
At Leigh, Cat 1's are selling into East D, for KC Stadium, everything is on sale now which is great.