Toronto expecting record sell-out crowd for promotion clash

Toronto Wolfpack are set to break their attendance record when they host the Championship Grand Final against Featherstone Rovers on Saturday.

Their previous record was set earlier this year, when 9,562 turned out for the game against Swinton Lions, setting a new Championship record in the process.

Anything higher than that would be the highest Championship Grand Final crowd since 2009, when 11,398 turned out for Barrow’s win over Halifax at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, though that also included two other matches on the day.

A crowd of more than 10,000 is expected for the game at Lamport Stadium, which is being broadcast by Sky Sports in the UK from 7.30pm, with the sell-out signs expected to go up with even the prospect of people being turned away.

New Wolfpack chairman and chief executive, Bob Hunter, told PA: “It will be our biggest crowd, without a doubt, and we’re just trying to see how many others we may be able to fit in with standing room.

“It’s going to be a great day, the weather is going to be cool but dry.”

Toronto go in to the game with renewed impetus, having finally been given the green light to join Super League after weeks of posturing from chiefs over whether the Wolfpack satisfied the criteria put on them.

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