World Cup tickets in high demand

28 Oct 2020 10:34
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ORGANISERS of next year's Rugby League World Cup say early ticket sales for the tournament, which includes games at the University of Bolton Stadium in Horwich, are exceeding expectations.

Thousands of excited Rugby League fans were queuing on the RLWC2021 official ticketing site before tickets went live earlier this month.

Organisers confirmed that tickets had been purchased for every one of the 61 matches at next year's showpiece event that will see the men's, women's and wheelchair tournaments running concurrently for the first time ever.
In addition, there were large numbers of key workers logging on as applications opened for free tickets via

These tickets are being made available by tournament organisers as a ‘thank you' for their tireless work in protecting and supporting local communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tournament chief executive Jon Dutton said: "I want to thank those that have bought the first tickets for their support and the belief they have shown in the tournament at a difficult time."

"We are also thrilled that so many frontline key workers have taken up our offer to be part of the tournament. They are the real heroes of 2020 and we wanted them to know how much we appreciate their truly amazing efforts."

"RLWC2021 is still 13 months away but will be the biggest and best in history and the fans - particularly the Rugby League Family - will be a central part of creating passion, civic pride and memories."

The University of Bolton Stadium will host an England group game and a quarter final and the French national team will be based in the borough.

Westhoughton Lions were actively involved in the bid to host a team and the games and have received a grant from the organisers to create a new fully accessible clubhouse.

The tournament is set to generate £4.5million for the borough's economy. Bolton will also host the French team for the tournament.

Announcing ticket details, organisers said they were committed to delivering the most inclusive and accessible tournament in modern history.

Pictured here at a launch event is the Mayor of Bolton, Cllr Linda Thomas with council, university and Bolton Wanderers representatives.

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