Why Castleford Tigers and Featherstone Rovers are delaying the release of tickets for Challenge Cup and 1895 Cup finals

CLUBS involved in next month's Challenge Cup and 1895 Cup finals have delayed putting tickets on sale until there is more clarity on what capacity will be allowed inside Wembley.

Monday, 7th June 2021, 2:13 pm
Updated Monday, 7th June 2021, 2:14 pm
Wembley Stadium. Picture: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com

Featherstone Rovers will take on York City Knights in the 1895 Cup final at midday on July 17 while Castleford Tigers will face St Helens for the Challenge Cup at 3pm.

An RFL statement explained: "The RFL have today agreed with the four clubs who have qualified for the finals of the above competitions at Wembley on Saturday July 17 – Castleford Tigers, St Helens, Featherstone Rovers and York City Knights – to delay putting tickets back on sale to supporters until there is more clarity regarding Step 4 of the Government roadmap out of Lockdown, and therefore regarding the stadium’s capacity.

"A Government announcement is scheduled next Monday (June 14) regarding Step 4 – seven days ahead of the June 21 date which had been identified as the earliest possible for the fourth and final stage of unlocking."

Mark Foster, the RFL’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: “We know there will be significant demand for Wembley tickets from each of the four clubs who won Semi Finals at the weekend, and that this delay will be frustrating.

“However as with other sports preparing to stage major events in the weeks following June 21, we have agreed with the clubs that it is more sensible to wait until we have more information about how many fans will be able to attend.

“We have some breathing space with six weeks until the Final, but we will continue working behind the scenes with Government and Wembley, as we have been doing for some time, to maximise our capacity on July 17 – and to put tickets back on sale as soon as possible.

“We have deliberately held back a good proportion of tickets even for a limited capacity to ensure that supporters of the four clubs involved will be able to attend.”