New venue for Kingstone Press Championships Finals Day

Date published: Monday, February 18, 2013

THE 2013 Kingstone Press Championships Finals Day will be staged at the superbly-appointed Leigh Sports Village on Sunday, September 29.

There will be three games showcased in the 12,000-capacity venue —- the Rugby League Challenge Trophy final (12.00pm), the Kingstone Press Championship One play-off final (2.30)  and the title-deciding Kingstone Press Championship Grand Final (5.00pm).

It will be the first time the Championships Finals Day has been held at Leigh Sports Village, which brings to an end a five-year relationship with previous host venue, The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington.

Said RFL official Ralph Rimmer: “The Championships Finals Day has proved to be a day of great drama and excitement over recent seasons and I’m sure Leigh Sports Village will provide the perfect setting for more extraordinary Rugby League action in 2013.

“Leigh Sports Village is one of the top Rugby League stadiums in the country and has a proud tradition of hosting top-class events, including England internationals and Gillette Four Nations games.”

Gordon Johncox, managing director of Championship title sponsors Kingstone

Press, said: “We have a great sense of excitement at Kingstone Press about the 2013 Championships Finals Day and we are all looking forward to what I am sure will be a sporting day to remember.

“We visited Leigh Sports Village last week when we met the Championships clubs for the first time and we were treated to a fantastic welcome.

“We are working with the RFL and the clubs to ensure that the fans attending the Kingstone Press Championship Finals Day will have a day of great excitement and top class Rugby League.”

This development follows on from the announcement that The Shay in Halifax will host the 2013 Northern Rail Finals Day in July, when the Northern Rail Cup and the new Northern Rail Bowl will provide another highlight of an historic Championships season.

The 2013 season sees 14 clubs contest an expanding Kingstone Press Championship and an exciting new-look Kingstone Press Championship One which features three new clubs in Hemel Stags, University of Gloucestershire All Golds and Oxford.

Ticket prices and availability for the Kingstone Press Championships Finals Day at Leigh Sports Village on Sunday September 29 will be announced soon.