Wigan have revealed the details surrounding their plan to take a game to the capital for the Super 8s – with Catalans Dragons the opponents for the Warriors’ trip to London.
League Express reported several weeks ago that the Warriors had plans in place to move one of their four home games to London – and the venue has now been confirmed as Millwall’s The Den ground.
The game, which will take place on Saturday September 5, excited Wigan chairman Ian Lenagan, who believes the game provides a great opportunity for the club to grow.
“We are taking a Super League game to London and we intend to leave our mark,” he said.
“We understand that some of our fans in and around Wigan may feel a little disgruntled by the move; however, we sincerely hope that they can understand the opportunity this provides us to grow as a Club. With a bigger fan base, more blue chip corporate support and access to a wider talent pool of players it will allow us to meet our mission to become the biggest Club in the world.
“The benefits that this will bring will benefit everyone involved with Wigan in the medium to long term, allowing us to further invest in the best facilities, outstanding fan experiences and our playing squad.
“A little bit like the World Club Challenge in Sydney two years ago, this is a great opportunity to showcase Wigan – both the Rugby Club and the town – to the wider world in one of the biggest and most vibrant cities on the planet. We certainly left a positive impression in Sydney and the NRL still talk about the way we conducted ourselves and the 4,000 Wigan fans who made the trip.
“The game in London will be another fabulous occasion and we hope Wigan fans from across the country, including the North West, will be as excited about this as we are and will come to the game.”