Hull KR on for record crowd in season opener

Hull Kingston Rovers will set a new record attendance for a fixture against Castleford Tigers in the Super League era on Sunday when the two teams meet in Round One of the 2016 season.

The Robins have broken stadium records against Leeds Rhinos on the opening weekend in each of the last two years and the club will rack up a third milestone this week by attracting the biggest ever crowd for a fixture between the two sides in Super League.

With tickets continuing to sell at a rapid rate ahead of Sunday’s clash at the KC Lightstream Stadium (3pm), sales have now topped the previous record of 8,936 set at the end of the 2011 season when fans flocked to say farewell to former coach Justin Morgan and several departing players in their last match with the club.

It means The Well has now sold out for this weekend’s game except for a limited number of places reserved for fans still wishing to purchase a 2016 season membership, whilst seats in the Colin Hutton North Stand are extremely limited.

There are largely only single seats available in this section of the ground although there is still some capacity for larger groups in Block C in the North Stand on a first come, first served basis.

All popular blocks in the West Stand have also sold out, with only a small number of seats available in Blocks A and E.

CEO Mike Smith said: “This will be the third year in a row that we’ve broken records on the opening day of the season.

“We still have some way to go if we are to break the stadium record attendance once again as in each of the last two years, but we can confirm that Sunday’s game will definitely be watched by a record crowd for a match between Hull KR and Castleford in the Super League era.

“To be already setting a Super League record for the club in the first match of our 10th season in the competition is the perfect way for us to start the campaign and we are well on course for a crowd of over 10,000.

“With Andy Bell from Erasure also set to perform before kick-off, I’m sure there will be a special atmosphere to go along with a bumper crowd on Sunday.”