Future Upgrades At Odsal, Whitehaven and Craven Park

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6 May 2019

News of redevelopment and upgrades at Odsal, Whitehaven and Craven Park.

Discussions over the redevelopment of Bradford’s Odsal Stadium have begun as the RFL is to sign a memorandum of understanding with Bradford City Council and the Bradford Bulls, the Bradford partnership group.

This allows the partnership to explore redevelopment opportunities for schemes at the Odsal Stadium site and immediate surrounding area.

The partnership group can now look at options with commercial developers to transform the stadium and surrounding site, into a flagship sports/leisure/commercial gateway to the city centre for residents and visitors, including ancillary retail, food and beverage and hotel accommodation.

Tony Sutton, RFL chief operating officer, said: "We are committed to the protection of our sport at the site. This is our primary duty as the national governing body and the reason why the RFL originally stepped in.

"The market value of the site has been monitored and reviewed during the period of RFL ownership, and notwithstanding the inherent challenges with the valuation of such a unique property, the RFL board have ensured the value of the site is sincerely reflected in the RFL's accounts.

"The proposed redevelopment of Odsal Stadium will be contingent on the protection of professional Rugby League in Bradford - this means sustaining and developing professional rugby league in the city, and ensuring that a redevelopment delivers a stadium that meets Super League minimum standards.

"A sale of the stadium has not taken place; and the RFL has answered all enquiries

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