Wigan website now stating almost 18,000 tickets sold.As predicted weeks ago,I expect around 20,000 there on the evening.
Hospitality sold out,gala dinner sold out,over 1,000 fans attend training session,merchandise virtually gone and still no doubt,the usual suspects will claim it's a waste of time,no ones interested,it's a friendly,they'll lose a fortune etc,etc.Shortly,Newcastle Magic will be a failure because it's a week too soon or a week too late,no one wants to go to Newcastle,why isn't accommodation included in the £20 match tickets,I would go only it's my birthday etc,etc.
The pricing is fine,the crowd will be fine,the game will be fine.
After the event,the people who have tried to put the game down,will move onto their next critique and forget their criticisms of this game.I see they are already stating that a NRL season opener at Wembley is a no goer/no hoper/stupid etc,etc.Obviously based on absolutely no knowledge/facts/information etc.The same people demand more innovation,international rugby,high profile etc from RL.
To throw in an idea,why don't a couple of the NRL sides,play a game in Hong Kong/Dubai,on their way back to Australia from the World Series games - a large part of the travelling costs would already have been covered.
Absolutely,the two idiots Hemmings and Stevo question every decision,simply because they haven't anything intelligent/constructive to add themselves.At least RU commentators concentrate on what has happened,not what didn't.
I do wish one or two of you would solve world poverty or the Palestinian question - I'm sure you could do it overnight - rather than constantly complaining about some aspect of rl.
People aren't happy with a sell out crowd,at a new and impressive rl stadium.I'm sure the same people were complaining of taking a rl game to a football ground,or how run down Elland Rd is etc,etc.Frankly,they are utterly clueless as to availability,costs,contracts,stakeholders requirements,sponsors etc.
Most have achieved absolutely nothing in life but insist they have the solutions for everything,including world poverty/peace.
According to the Saints fans forum,their game is heading for a sell out,with 'over 13,000 tickets sold and ' a few thousand' remaining.Only single seat tickets and standing remaing.Hospitality sold out.
Also seem to be selling well at Warrington and Wigan.
And that's without the Russell Crowe influence,when he arrives.Should be a great weekend for all involved/speccies/tv coverage.
From elsewhere,I understand the Newcastle weekend is going exceptionally well,with a lot more weekend tickets sold than previously - seems people are spending the full weekend in Newcastle,hope Gateshead maximise the oppourtunity.
Yes Dave T but I was really meaning that Ladbrokes sponsored the PDC darts.
'Supporters' who don't like banking,complain about the success of the RBS 6 Nations,those who don't like alcohol want to know why we can't have a Heineken Cup,why can't we get ground sponsors like Allianz at Saracens but finance is evil,shirt sponsors like Wonga at Newcastle,who steal from the working class etc,etc.
They criticise the BBC,until they announce they will no longer cover the CC,then criticise them for stopping,why don't Sky give rl the same coverage as football,I'd go if the game was on sunday but it's a disgrace it's on a sat,£20 for a WCC is a rip off,the ref is bent - no,I don't know the rules but he didn't give a decision to my team so he must be a cheat,
I'm convinced that a significant minority of rl 'supporters' wake up in a morning,excited at what aspect of the game they can be critical of today.It's amazing that the RFL can find any sponsors in view of the abuse they are likely to receive from 'supporters'.No doubt,the same 'supporters' also want to know why rl can't follow the apparent success of PDC darts!
Leeds/Yorkshire Carnegie will lose the £1 mill/season they currently get from Carnegie in 2 seasons time,so effectively £2 mill over 3 seasons will merely replace the sum to be lost i.e. there will be little or no net benefit in financial terms.
From the Leeds Rugby merger,Leeds Rhinos gained a state of the art training facility at Kirkstall,based on the old Headingley RUFC ground - so yes,Leeds RL gained a significant benefit.
Leeds/Yorkshire Carnegie pay Leeds Rugby £300,000/season for 'services',essentially the use of Headingley,so again Leeds RL gain from the arrangement.
Certainly all Clubs,both professional and amateur,should be incentivised,to actively sell tickets,including transport,accommodation etc = maybe total rl could promote this?! Most RU tickets are sold via their national network of Clubs.