Leeds Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington has revealed that Headingley will be be compelled to operate with a reduced capacity next season, as a result of ground improvements taking place.
The iconic South Stand at the ground is being redeveloped, and the game on Boxing Day will be the last time that the stand is seen in its current form.
“The result of the planning process for the redevelopment of the stadium is drawing closer and Rhinos home games against Leigh Centurions on September 22, and the traditional Boxing Day fixture are to be the last games in the South Stand as we know it,” Hetherington told his club’s official website.
“The process is taking longer than anticipated. We had hoped to start the demolition at the end of this month but that’s something out of the question.
“We have to be patient and the end result will hopefully deliver something very special for the stadium and the city.”