ELSTON PRAISES FANS FOR SUPPORT

posted on 29 July 2013

Wildcats Chief Executive James Elston has thanked both Wakefield and Leeds supporters for playing their part in the second biggest Super League crowd ever seen at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.

Friday night's game was played out in front of only the second five-figure crowd at Wakefield since 1982.

Over 10,000 spectators enjoyed another absorbing West Yorkshire derby, the week after over 18,000 had witnessed a nail biting finish at Headingley Carnegie as the on-field rivalry between the clubs continues to entertain.

It was the first time the Wildcats have enforced segregation following crowd disturbances at the recent game with Widnes Vikings and Elston thanked supporters from both sides for their assistance.

It is the second biggest crowd after the million pound match against Castleford Tigers in 2006 and only the second five-figure crowd at the famous ground since 1982.

“I thought the game itself was a great advert for the competition and the on field rivalry between ourselves and Leeds has grown even stronger over the last couple of years and I think that’s been reflected in the attendances we’ve seen over the last fortnight.

“Segregating supporters is something that the vast majority of clubs in Super League operate with designated areas for travelling fans and it was great to see the whole stadium packed out with both sets of fans who created an incredible atmosphere and I thank everyone for their assistance.

“The support from the Wakefield fans was superb and the atmosphere generated in the Fleetmaster North Stand just gets better and better.  The players appreciate it and it does help them push themselves that little bit further.

“Sunday is another key game in the race to make the play-offs and it will be great to see the people of Wakefield here again showing their support.”

Tickets for Sunday’s crucial clash with Bradford Bulls are on sale now from the Ridings Centre Store, the Stadium Box Office, online or by calling 01924 201548/211611.

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