Sheffield to play home games at Wakefield in 2017

Sheffield Eagles have confirmed that the club will play their home games at Wakefield Trinity’s Belle Vue Stadium in 2017.

The Eagles say that all avenues were explored to ensure the Eagles remained in Sheffield or South Yorkshire, however no venue could be sought. The Eagles will play matches on Sunday afternoons at Belle Vue with a 3.00pm kick off, subject to RFL approval.

Four of the Eagles home fixtures; Toulouse Olympique (12th February), Featherstone Rovers (12th March), Dewsbury Rams (17th April) and Halifax (11th June) currently clash with Wakefield fixtures.

The Eagles say that they will be working with Wakefield and the away opposition in the coming weeks to secure alternative times and dates for the fixtures and these will be announced in due course.

Eagles General Manager Liam Claffey said: “We’d like to thank everyone at Wakefield Trinity, and especially Chairman Michael Carter for supporting us and making this move a reality.

“Wakefield have been fantastic from the outset and very helpful and accommodating during what has been a very difficult time for the club. We explored all options in Sheffield and further afield in the South Yorkshire region and there was sadly nothing available to us.

“It’s disappointing that with the stadiums and facilities we have on offer in Sheffield that no one could support the club during what has been and remains a very difficult period, to ensure we remain in the city. We are sure our supporters will appreciate our predicament and support the temporary move before we finally get a permanent home in the city.

Wakefield Chairman Michael Carter said Wakefield Trinity are delighted to assist the Eagles on this matter. “Having struggled with numerous ground issues ourselves, we know how difficult running a rugby league can be, and we will do all we can, to make Belle Vue a home for the Eagles in this coming season. I look forward to watching the Eagles play at Belle Vue this coming year when time permits, and can only thank all the Officers at the Eagles for making this an easy process.”