The RFL can confirm that Bramall Lane, Sheffield, will host the Carnegie Challenge Cup final replay should the scores between Leeds Rhinos and Warrington be level after 80 minutes at Wembley on Saturday.
The replay, should it need to be played, is scheduled for Wednesday September 8 with a 7.15 kick-off
The Challenge Cup final has gone to a replay on only three occasions in its 113-year history: in 1910, 1954 and most recently in 1982, when Hull FC defeated Widnes 18-9 at Elland Road, after the sides drew 14-14 at Wembley.
Sally Bolton, the RFL’s Director of Events and Projects, said, “We are confident Bramall Lane will be a fantastic venue to stage what would be a historic replay.
“Sheffield already holds a special place in Challenge Cup folklore following the Eagles’ famous victory over Wigan in 1998 and I’m sure Bramall Lane will create a special feel for the replay.”
Sheffield United spokesman Andy Pack said: “Accommodating this great occasion would be another first for Bramall Lane in over 150 years of illustrious occasions that have enabled the people of Sheffield to watch Test match cricket, an FA Cup Final replay, county cricket, league football, Rugby League and a host of other sporting events.
“The stadium is steeped in history but has been modernised in a way that is comfortable for the spectator whilst paying due homage to its glorious past. A Carnegie Challenge Cup final replay would ensure that Bramall Lane will continue to play a major role in extending Sheffield’s sporting heritage.”