Hull have been handed a boost ahead of their Super League opener, with the news that they have smashed through the 9,000 season ticket sales barrier.
It is a new record for the Airlie Birds, and came courtesy of sponsor Lime Property, who bought 18 season tickets last week to push sales through 9,000.
James Rule, Hull FC Chief Executive, said: “This is an amazing achievement and credit must go to our wonderful supporters.
“I would also like to thank the Hull FC players, coaches and of course the behind the scenes administration staff who have all worked tirelessly promoting the club and generating such a feel good vibe amongst the Old Faithful and the wider rugby league community.”
“Hull and Proud is our strap line and I am extremely proud of the loyalty and commitment our fans have shown to this club and they are demonstrating how proud they are to be Black and White by making history with this season pass record.”
Lime Property chose 18 passes as a mark of respect to the unrivalled support shown by Black and White supporters, which was also highlighted by the club’s decision to retire the squad No.18 from shirts, with the Old Faithful now official recognised as the 18th man.
Paul Fielder, Managing Director at Lime Property, was also quick to highlight how eager he was to help the club pass such a milestone, while in turn, helping to benefit a community programme that he has highlighted as one of the best in the region.
He said: “We are proud to be a partner of Hull FC and particularly proud to provide these tickets to Hull FC Foundation programme and we felt that 18 passes would be a fitting tribute to the club and it’s great fans.
“I have been hugely impressed with the effort that the Foundation and its staff has put into schools and communities across Hull and the East Riding and Lime Property are delighted to have now played our part in that terrific work.”
Hull’s first home game of the new season is against Huddersfield next Friday.