Tickets for the Challenge Cup and 1895 Cup finals have been put on delay until there is further clarity regarding Step 4 of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown, which involves Wembley’s capacity.
Castleford will meet St Helens in the Challenge Cup final at Wembley on Saturday, July 17, whilst Featherstone and York will battle it out for the 1895 Cup on the same day.
The RFL has agreed with the four clubs involved to delay putting tickets back on sale to supporters until there is further clarity regarding Step 4 of the Government roadmap out of lockdown, which includes the stadium’s capacity.
A Government announcement is scheduled on Monday, June 14, regarding Step 4, a week before the June 21 date which had been identified as the earliest possible for the final stage of getting out of lockdown.
RFL chief commercial officer Mark Foster said: “We know there will be significant demand for Wembley tickets from each of the four clubs who won semi-finals at the weekend, and that this delay will be frustrating.
“However as with other sports preparing to stage major events in the weeks following June 21, we have agreed with the clubs that it is more sensible to wait until we have more information about how many fans will be able to attend.
“We have some breathing space with six weeks until the final, but we will continue working behind the scenes with Government and Wembley, as we have been doing for some time, to maximise our capacity on July 17 – and to put tickets back on sale as soon as possible.
“We have deliberately held back a good proportion of tickets even for a limited capacity to ensure that supporters of the four clubs involved will be able to attend.”
The Challenge Cup final will kick-off at 3pm, with the 1895 Cup final being played at midday.