Championship Summer Bash new venue revealed

Championship Summer Bash
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The Championship Summer Bash is back for the first time in three years in 2022 – and heading for Headingley! 

The Championship Summer Bash will be held at Leeds’ Headingley Stadium in 2022.

It will be the first time the Summer Bash has been played anywhere other than Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road since its launch.

The Rugby Football League has confirmed that tickets will go on sale Monday morning.

All three Cumbrian clubs will play in the Championship this season and they will all be involved on the Sunday (July 31). Barrow face Widnes, before Whitehaven and Workington take their unique rivalry to Headingley for the first time.

The Sunday programme concludes with a meeting of two of the Championship’s most progressive clubs, as York face Newcastle Thunder.

The action kicks-off on Saturday with Sheffield taking on London Broncos – the 1998 Challenge Cup winners against the 1999 runners-up.

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Headingley to host Championship Summer Bash

Mark Foster, the RFL’s chief commercial officer, said: “It’s an exciting line-up of fixtures which will showcase the quality of the teams and players in the Championship, and Headingley Stadium will be a fitting stage.

“It’s a venue with so much rugby league history, which will be familiar to supporters of all 14 clubs. But this may be a first opportunity for many to experience the superb redevelopments of recent years.

“We hope that Headingley’s convenient location for so many rugby league supporters will also encourage fans of clubs from outside the Betfred Championship to come and watch the action.

“And for those unable to make it to the event, the weekend will be featured live on Premier Sports as part of our new partnership to showcase the Betfred Championship.

“It’s always an enjoyable weekend on and off the field. Although it will be slightly different in Leeds as opposed to Blackpool, we’re confident Rugby League fans will find plenty of ways to enjoy themselves.”

Championship Summer Bash 2022 fixtures

Saturday July 30 

London Broncos v Sheffield Eagles 

Batley Bulldogs v Dewsbury Rams 

Bradford Bulls v Halifax Panthers 

Featherstone Rovers v Leigh Centurions 

Sunday July 31 

Barrow Raiders v Widnes Vikings 

Whitehaven v Workington Town 

Newcastle Thunder v York City Knights 

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  1. Well, there’s a bold move to expand the draw of Rugby League into new territory, attracting new fans, making a nice day out for the regular fans, like say ooh, I don’t know, off the top of my head, perhaps Blackpool. What with it’s myriad of other attractions, plenty of hotels, looking for a Covid bounce, having a good track record, etc. Instead fans can struggle to find somewhere to park around Headingley, then wander the delightful environs, maybe drop their laundry in for a service wash? Is that little cinema still going? Ok, many years since I lived there, no doubt it’s changed, but Headingley is the single most uninspired miserable decision in a long while. I wonder if Leeds being on of the three clubs for whom the entire structure of Rugby League is run had anything to do with the decision. Huddersfield would have been a better choice and then play up to “return to ground zero” kind of marketing, where it all began, those clubs still playing from 1895 maybe having a special heritage 1895 themed kit, the other clubs linking up with other big clubs to use other heritage kits, they always sell well, say a Newcastle and Hull FC joint shirt, one badged for Newcastle, one for FC, but Headingley, think I’ll be in the garden feet up with a cool drink.

  2. I see the RFL In its wisdom have once again forgotten all about families going for a family weekend of rugby where do you go if the young ones don’t want to watch a certain match ah I forgot they could take them to the funfair amusement arcade etc etc but hold on no can do only pubs etc around the ground, so the young ones miss out yet again Good thinking RFL AGAIN

    • I will not be going as said in previous comments what’s to do? When your team is not playing as I myself seldom watch other teams

  3. Yep agree same again the powers that be cant see a good thing Blackpool bash had everything even ice cream I wont b goin watch it on TV thanks again for ruining something that woz good

  4. Thick as mince comments as usual.

    Firstly Blackpool wasn’t available so that’s that dealt with.
    Secondly this event is not and never has been a vehicle for attracting new fans.
    Thirdly Headingley has the most drinking and eating venues in and around the stadium of any Rugby League ground, it’s literally designed for all-day sporting events.
    It’s a great choice.

  5. Good god why do people have to moan
    so much!! Blackpool was a no go because of the football calendar this year!! Hopefully back there next year…..

  6. All i can say is gonna miss this year hopefully back next year. We take the whole family great weekend in blackpool if rfl can move grand final date at old trafford im sure they can move summer bash

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