Match on at Whitebank – official

Date published: Thursday, May 6, 2010

Match on at Whitebank…that was the big news today from the Roughyeds camp after formal permission was received from the RFL to play matches at the stadium on a temporary basis, starting Sunday.

This means the game against York City Knights will definitely take place at our new home ground in the borough, kick off 3pm, in what will be a historic day not only for Roughyeds but also for Rugby League in the town.

Approval is a temporary one only because the club must have confirmation from Sky Sports that they can broadcast from the ground and this is still awaited.

Club Chairman, Chris Hamilton said “This is fantastic news. Now that we are sure the match will be at Whitebank on Sunday we are urging people to come out in force and get behind the club on the first game we will ever have played on our own ground in the borough. I never thought I would be speaking those words.

Five of our next six matches are at home and this gives us an opportunity to cement the great work the team has done so far in winning its first seven league matches.

I would like to commend, congratulate and thank all the volunteers, staff and companies who have been prepared to get their hands dirty, roll up their sleeves and get the job done.

Without them this would not be happening I must stress that this is just the starting point and work will be ongoing for a long time. Just to get this game on however is a fantastic achievement in itself.

We want to use this now as a launch pad to take the club forward. The mood in the camp is upbeat and this season we have been able to sell the dream to lots of people including many new sponsors.

Having our own ground will make an amazing difference to every single aspect of the operation.

It will be the first time in 13 years that we have had a place to call our own and the difference now is that everything we do will be for the clubs benefit and not the benefit of somebody else.

Fans need to know that the ground as they will see it on Sunday is not the finished article by any means but the people who have worked on it so far have done fantastically well to get to this point.”

The club is urging fans to buy their match tickets in advance from the club office in Lansdowne Road, Chadderton if possible to ease entry into the ground on Sunday.

The office will be open for ticket sales from 9am to 5pm tomorrow (Friday) and also on Saturday from 9am until 12 noon. Prices are £10 adults, £8 concessions, £3 under 16’s all standing.

There will be a separate entrance at the ground for season ticket holders and for anyone who has a bought a ticket in advance.

Season ticket holders can upgrade to obtain a seat for the season for the pre-arranged price of £10 but this needs to be done at the office during the opening times already mentioned.
Although an upgrade will guarantee a seat these will be on a unreserved basis for this season.

Season ticket holders have until 2:45 to take a seat after which they will go on general sale at a price of £2.

Car parking will be charged at £1 per car. Areas around the ground will be coned off but there will be official car parking areas behind the posts at the bottom end of the ground and also down the side of the ground, both to be organised by stewards.

The club needs people to co-operate with the stewards in order to ensure the parking operation has as little impact as possible on local residents.

Fans paying on the day will go through 2 turnstiles close to the clubhouse and these will be open from 1:45pm.

The clubhouse will be open from 12 noon and also after the game when the players will also be in there.

Added Chris “We hope people will appreciate that this will not only be the club’s first ever home game in it’s own ground but it will also be a first for stewards, staff and the safety officer. People will not be familiar with the layout of the ground so we hope that people will work with us and fully understand that everybody will be doing their best.

Stewards will be advising people where they can go.

We hope and expect to have a big turnout. People have been buying tickets and telling us it will be the first match they have attended since Watersheddings days. We think it is going to be a fantastic occasion.”

Refreshments will be available from a snack bar inside the ground.