London Broncos CEO Jason Loubser is hoping their new home in Plough Lane can help attract more fans for the Championship club.
Broncos will share Plough Lane with Football League One’s AFC Wimbledon in 2022.
The former Super League club enjoyed six years at Trailfinders Ground before the move.
It is a year of change for London Broncos, who have also moved into a part-time model.
In a message to the fans, Loubser said: “This Sunday is a huge day for London Broncos as we begin our new era at the Cherry Red Records Stadium, home of AFC Wimbledon, when hosting Widnes Vikings.
“I first visited Plough Lane 18 months ago to meet with Joe Palmer, AFC Wimbledon CEO.
“The vision he shared about the stadium immediately excited me as I knew the opening of London’s newest major sporting facility was something I wanted the club to be part of.
“Despite the challenges and obstacles presented by COVID-19, the dream remained to play at this state-of-the-art stadium.”
“We want to see Plough Lane packed with a new generation of rugby league fans”
Loubser continued: “Many questions have been asked concerning our move, which we understand.
“First and foremost, we want to provide our loyal supporters with the best matchday experience possible. We strongly believe the Cherry Red Records Stadium is our solution.
“From its prime location to the overall capacity, the corporate and hospitality facilities and fresh engagement opportunities, our new home has everything we could ask for. It’s our long-term ambition to grow the Broncos’ fanbase in the next three years so we’re regularly hosting 5,000 fans.
“The impact of the Broncos’ badge shouldn’t only be felt on the pitch. It’s important we engage off it too by developing and strengthening key local relationships.
“Already, we are in communication with schools and community sports clubs whose pupils and participants will be in attendance on Sunday afternoon.
“We want to see Plough Lane packed with a new generation of rugby league fans. This weekend’s visit of Widnes marks the perfect opportunity to get involved. Who knows, the experience of Sunday’s game might inspire our younger fans to take up Rugby League and aspire to one day represent our badge.”
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