After plenty of excitement around Bradford Bulls in the off season as they drafted in star Super League players like Leeds Rhinos duo Jack Walker and Bodene Thompson as well as Huddersfield Giants veteran Michael Lawrence, the Bulls ran out for their first Championship game of the season at home against Whitehaven as they look to end their decade absence from Super League.
The Bulls looked to turn the pre-season excitement into bums in seats and made it clear they were chasing the record crowd for an opening round game in the Championship.
The current record for the sport’s second tier opening round stands at 8,817 and the Bulls had a good chance of breaking it with kids going free in 2023.
The Bulls notched an impressive 4870 strong attendance today. Still good but not enough to break the record.
The West Yorkshire side won 24-8 after going 2-0 down early on.
Kieran Gill typically crossed for a brace as Chester Butler scored as did George Flanagan Sr.
He replaced Jack Walker after four minutes which was the main concern from the game.
The Bulls are one of the favourites for the play-offs in 2023 and appear to be in a much healthier position as a club than recent years and the attendance will no doubt grow as the season goes on especially if they play like many expect them to.
It is credit to the club for pushing for this record crowd, a club who has one of the best ever attendances in Super League history from their days against Leeds Rhinos when those games yielded bumper crowds.
They are clearly a club looking to grow and grow.