Hull has been named as an official host city for the Rugby League World Cup in 2021.
And the city is aiming to make its matches the most diversely attended in its history.
RLWC2021 have announced that Hull will host a group game and a quarter-final game after a successful bid by Hull City Council.
In 2021, 32 teams will compete over 64 games, with the tournament promising to be one of the most inclusive and diverse events ever hosted in England. It will promote three disciplines of the sport – with men’s, women’s and wheelchair Rugby League World Cup contested.
“In bidding to be a host city, we were very clear that we want the match days to be a fantastic event for the whole city and something which all of our residents can enjoy,” said Councillor Dave Craker, portfolio holder for leisure and tourism.
“We hope to see the most diverse audience there has ever been and will be planning a varied mix of entertainment to provide vibrant match days to remember. We will be working with partners, including Back to Ours, whose events were so popular during 2017. We also want visitors to experience all the city has to offer, and our local businesses will in turn reap the economic benefits.”
In the run-up to the tournament, the focus will be on encouraging those who have never watched rugby league to attend matches.
“Hull audiences have shown over the last few years that they are open to new experiences and are willing to try anything given the right access,” said Councillor Craker. “Equally, visitors now know that they will get a great experience in our warm and welcoming city.”
Back to Ours Director Louise Yates said: ”This is great news for the city. Back to Ours is about bringing people together, and we’re really excited to get stuck into working with more communities in the lead up to the Rugby League World Cup. We’ll be creating some unforgettable experiences, complementing the tournament by combining the arts and sports – who knows what could happen?”
The tournament will be held in October and November 2021. Get more information here.