Calls for RFL to listen to fans over Summer Bash venue

Eribe Doro Widnes v Barrow at Summer Bash SWpix
Widnes' Eribe Doro in a tackle with Barrow's Nathan Mossop and Sam Brooks | Photo: John Clifton/SWpix

Barrow Raiders hooker Nathan Mossop believes the Rugby Football League must listen to fans over the next Summer Bash location.

The 34-year-old featured from the bench in their 36-24 victory over Widnes at this year’s Championship event at Headingley Stadium.

It was the first time the Summer Bash had been moved from Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road. 

However, the move came with a new low – an attendance of 10,763.

It’s the lowest recorded attendance for the event.

Saturday saw a crowd of 6,752, which included Leigh’s clash with Featherstone. Sunday registered an official crowd of 4,011 – which is the second lowest day in any year of the event.

RFL will have to listen to what the fans want regarding Summer Bash, says Mossop

Mossop has made 24 appearances for the Raiders so far in 2022. They currently sit fifth in the table and head to Leigh on Sunday.

He said: “It’s a good day at the Summer Bash, it always is. I know there’s a lot of people in rugby league crying out for it to go back to Blackpool but for us players, it’s a special day.

“Speaking for myself, I think that for a player, it doesn’t have too much of an impact on us because playing at both Bloomfield Road and Headingley, they’re great stadiums. It almost feels like a cup final experience when you play there.

“It’s great for rugby league. But sometimes, as an organisation, the RFL will have to listen to what the fans want and enjoy more which seems to be more towards Blackpool rather than Headingley. 

“I know Leeds is a fantastic city and you’re never going to please everybody. But it’s just a great spectacle for Championship rugby and it showcases what’s on offer.

“I watched some of the games that went on over the weekend and it’s clear that you’ve got some fantastic teams that play some really good rugby.”

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  1. Blackpool is simply THE only place to have the Summer Bash. The proof of this is the shockingly low attendance at Headingley- a location that was or was virtually a “home” game for half the clubs involved! Summer Bash in Blackpool is so much more than the sum of it’s parts. It’s a focal point for friends and/or families to get away even if it’s just for the one day rather than just a 30 minutes journey, and a chance to enjoy the rugby but with the extra added bonus of being somewhere different with attractions to go to.

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