Midlands Hurricanes confirm new home for 2023 League 1 season

Josh McAllister
Alexander Stadium, Midlands Hurricanes

Alexander Stadium, Birmingham. Photo courtesy of Midlands Hurricanes

Midlands Hurricanes have confirmed their new home for the 2023 League 1 campaign in the Alexander Stadium for the foreseeable future. 

The club said in a statement that their new home stadium should allow them to “grow the sport in the Midlands area through community outreach.”

The League 1 outfit also expressed an interest in creating Wheelchair and Women’s teams in the future.

Midlands Hurricanes will play their games on the warm-up arena due to the main arena playing surface not being match ready for the 2023 season due to the impact of the Commonwealth Games.

The Alexander Stadium hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2022 Commonwealth Games, as well as athletics. First opened in 1976, the facility became the home of UK athletics in 2011.

The Hurricanes left Butts Park Arena following their rebranding from Coventry Bears ahead of the 2022 season. They played their home fixtures last year at Forshaw Heath Lane in Portway, south of Birmingham.

Midlands Hurricanes find permanent new home

Greg Wood, Midlands Hurricanes chief executive, said: “It has been a long road. However, it is fantastic to finally say officially that Hurricanes have a new home.

“I can’t wait to see the lads running out for the first time on the field with a full venue in a impressive setting. It’s now our mission to make the Alexander Stadium our fortress.”

Chairman Mike Lomas added: “I’d like to thank Greg and his team for their hard work over the last year for making this opportunity possible.

“I’d also like to extend my thanks to Birmingham City Council and the Alexander Stadium team for their co-operation in enabling us to establish a fantastic platform for Rugby League in the Midlands.”

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