Wildcats Chief Executive James Elston has praised the Wakefield public for getting behind the new era at the club after reporting an increase of over a third on crowds in 2012.
Trinity went into the Stobart Super League XVII campaign on the back of record Gold Membership sales and the attendances for the seven home games at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium so far this campaign reflect very favourably on the reaction to a fresh start at the club.
Over 56,000 supporters have passed through the turnstiles in the seven home games to date, an increase of over 33% on the corresponding fixtures last season.
Following the clubs successful licence application last July, new owners ‘Spirit of 1873’ have fulfilled their promises to the RFL by increasing the capacity of the stadium that is under cover to more than 7,000.
The Wildcats win over Catalan Dragons attracted 7,254 people, up massively on the 4,561 crowd in 2011 whilst Trinity’s defeat at home to Warrington at the weekend saw a substantial increase of 3,411 as almost 8,500 turned up at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium in 2012 for the visit of the Wolves.
There was also 3,000 more supporters packed in for the local derby with Castleford Tigers, with Elston delighted to see the city’s public returning to the club in numbers.
“It’s been a fantastic first half of the season in terms of our attendances and builds on the great Gold Membership sales we had before the season started,” commented Elston.
“We’ve kept the promises we made with regards to stadium development and been very open with supporters in what we’ve done at the club and I think that honesty has been a refreshing change and one that has encouraged a lot of people to return to the club.
“We’ve still got some of the top sides to visit here this season who traditionally bring with them a large travelling support so we’re hoping the increase on crowds will be even bigger come the end of the season.
“This Sunday is a chance for us to get back-to-back wins for the first time this season and we want to set a new record for the attendance against London Broncos.
“So we’re encouraging everyone to bring a friend, get down to the game and enjoy a day with the Wildcats this Bank Holiday weekend.”
Tickets for Sunday’s game are on sale now, with the game also the first of our Summer Saver ticket offer.
See the games against London Broncos, Leeds Rhinos, St. Helens and Widnes Vikings for just £50 adults, £30 concessions and £20 juniors.
Buy yours now in the Ridings Centre Store, Rapid Solicitors Stadium Box Office or call 01924 201548.
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