The 2021 Rugby League World Cup is coming soon and we’ve had a large change happen recently. Newcastle’s Kingston Park, able to hold a little over 10,000 in capacity of fans, staff and more are set to replace Workington as the venue for three men’s games during the 2021 Rugby League World Cup. An interesting change indeed.
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Early in January this year set Workington to become the chosen venue for one of 21 hosting venues for the upcoming Rugby League World Cup. The Workington stadium was set to hold around 8000 spectators in the hope of being a host in West Cumbria.
However, the council in the Allerdale Borough decided that the stadium was unfit and not suitable to take part in the hugely popular spectator sports event that always seems to bring in the crowds. The capacity of Workington could be a dead giveaway as to why it was not suitable.
Another Stadium in Newcastle, St James’ Park will host the highly anticipated opening ceremony on the 23rd of October shortly followed by the male England team’s first game. St James’ Park, home ground of Newcastle United since 1892 and host to Football games since 1880, will hold an impressive and respectable 52,354 spectators. It’s sure to be a great spectacle when hosting the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.
Kingston Park, the replacement stadium, is currently the home of Newcastle’s very own Falcons rugby union club and their Thunder rugby league.
But the question may be raised as to why the 2021 Rugby League World Cup will be such a big event compared to past versions? Well, the answer lays with the differences between this upcoming event and the ones of the past.
For the first time, ever, the 2021 Rugby League World Cup will see not only Men’s games staged alone, but men, women and wheelchair tournaments all at the same time. Which is a great move forward for the Rugby unions and authorities.
The final will be hosted in November of 2021 at Manchester United’s home ground of Old Trafford (open since 1910). A tremendously famous venue known to millions worldwide. The final will host over 70,000 spectators in the Mancunian stadium, one of the wonders of the Football world.
The final will host both men’s games and women’s games, which is a first too! The diversity and acceptance of more variety within the Rugby game is a great addition.
The draw for the teams and the games will be taking place this November giving us plenty of time until we know exactly what team will be playing where. The teams are still in the qualifying rounds so we won’t know until all of this is confirmed to us.
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