Leigh owner Derek Beaumont promised an entertaining night, and he delivered ahead of the kick-off with English pop band Scouting for Girls putting on a show.
The London-based band performed a full 40-minute set inside the Leigh Sports Village ahead of the town’s return to Super League, hosting Salford.
The Scouting for Girls setlist included hits Heartbeat, I Wish I was James Bond, This Ain’t a Love Song and Elvis Ain’t Dead in front of a packed North Stand.
And as every good band does, they even returned for an encore with She’s so Lovely, which was also broadcast live on Sky Sports.
The pitch also saw a performance from aerial and fire group, The Fuel Girls.
The Leopards squad came onto the field 40 minutes before kick-off to applaud the large crowd, but were then forced to train away from the stadium alongside Salford.
It was hard to miss Beaumont himself inside the ground, parading his new jacket on the field in front of fans. And I’m sure he’d be pleased with what he was seeing ahead of kick-off – with Salford also bringing a strong away support.
Beaumont had confirmed 8,500 tickets had sold ahead of the fixture, hoping more tickets bought at the gates would see them beat their Super League record of 9,012 at the Leigh Sports Village.
10 minutes before kick-off, the newly rebranded Leopards also unveiled their new mascot, Leeto. And just when you thought there couldn’t be more, there was also an impressive firework display ahead of kick-off!
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