posted on 19 September 2012

2012 was an excellent year on the field for the Wildcats with a first play-off appearance since 2009 and the best top flight winning run since 1976, whilst off the field home crowds were up almost 25%.

Crowds at the Rapid Solcitors Stadium have increased by 25% in 2012.

The figures are no surprise after a strong year of performances and results on the field with the Wildcats supporters being treated to seven victories at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium. Overall 106,237 people have come through the turnstiles this year, compared to 85,125 in 2011.

Trinity got off to a positive start to the year on the back of record Gold Membership sales for the Stobart Super League XVII campaign and the Wakefield fans have been richly rewarded for their support with some memorable wins including the comeback win against Hull FC, a last gasp drop goal to beat St. Helens and a emphatic win over World Champions Leeds Rhinos.

The attacking brand of rugby implemented by Richard Agar has made the Wildcats one of the best teams to watch in the competition, and the public of Wakefield have turned out in their numbers to get behind the team.

Chairman Andrew Glover and Chief Executive James Elston fulfilled their promise to the RFL in increasing the capacity under cover at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium to more than 7,000 which has helped attract more supporters in the continual improvements of the famous old ground.

The average home crowd has risen to 8,172 which is an increase of 1,624 compared to the 6,548 average that visited the home ground in 2011.

A full statistical rundown of the official home attendances throughout the season can be seen in this table below with a healthy comparison to 2011:

Team 2012 2011 Difference
Castleford Tigers 9, 786 6,748 + 3,038
Leeds Rhinos 9,547 8,763 + 784
Wigan Warriors 9,107 8,163 + 944
Hull FC 8,986 7,965 + 1,021
Huddersfield Giants 8,794 5,436 + 3,358
Hull KR 8,612 7,283 + 1,329
Warrington Wolves 8,483 5,072 + 3,411
Widnes Vikings 8,234 6,428 (Crusaders) + 1,806
St. Helens 7,876 5,985 + 1,891
Catalan Dragons 7,254 4,561 + 2,693
Bradford Bulls 6,934 6,486 + 448
Salford City Reds 6,748 6,823 - 75
London Broncos 5,876 5,412 (Harlequins) + 464
Total = 106,237 85,125 + 21,112
Average = 8,172 6,548 + 1,624

The outcome is a 24.8% increase based on last year’s results with some fantastic results to show including having over 3,000 more people packed in for the fixtures against Warrington, Huddersfield and Castleford. The only game which saw a decrease was the visit of Salford which was played on Saturday evening, live on Sky Sports.

“The support in 2012 has been outstanding and these figures show that in black and white,” said Wildcats CEO Elston.

“As a club we’ve improved the experience for supporters with the FleetMaster Stand roof and on the Western Terrace as well as the improvements elsewhere in the stadium, but a huge amount of credit has to go to the fans for the atmosphere they’ve created which has made people want to come to the games and experience it firsthand.

“We’ve challenged supporters to bring friends and family to games and they’ve responded, and for that we thank them.  The players have regularly commented on the atmosphere and how much of a lift it gives them to play in front of such a vocal crowd.

“We’ve seen a lot of people becoming Gold Members for the first time ready for 2013 and that’s fantastic.  It’s massive in helping us plan ahead to progress as a club from a business point of view and I’d encourage everyone to make sure they become a member for the first time or renew and make the most of the early bird prices and help us smash our 4,000 member target as we all look ahead to another exciting year.”

Buy your 2013 Gold Membership now with prices starting from just £125 for adults, £25 for juniors, £85 for concessions and only £50 if you’re aged 16-21, whether you’re a student or not.

Buy now in the Ridings Centre, the Rapid Solicitors Stadium Box Office, by calling 01924 201548/211611 or buy online HERE.

This is Wakefield. Together We Are Stronger.

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