Odsal Stadium is one of the most iconic in British rugby league history.
From the record crowd at any rugby league game in the UK to the Bullmania days in the early Super League, Odsal will always be in the heart of the sport.
However, in recent years, the stadium has drawn controversy – not least because of the stock car racing track around the outside of the pitch making a potential hazard for players.
At a fans’ forum a few weeks ago, however, there are now plans to develop an Odsal Sports City Complex, effectively creating an incredibly modern facility and giving Bradford the foundations necessary to thrive as a club once more.
At the fans’ forum, Nigel Wood – chairman of the Bulls and former CEO of the RFL – said “Odsal has held the club back over a number of years. We’re trying to do something with the stadium and make it a priority.
“We are working with local and national politicians to make to try and make this happen.
“There’s an initiative to develop the South Bradford corridor to make a modern facility. It’s a 2/1 shot it will come off as not everybody who applies for Levelling Up funding will get it, it has to be based on the impact in the local economy and everything the club stands for.”
Of course, there is a desire within the whole sport to have a strong Bradford that can be a fighting force once more in rugby league after the suffering of the late 2010s and early 2020s.
On the field, the product has been average to say the least with the Bulls struggling to make the Championship play-offs under previous boss John Kear and current head coach Mark Dunning.
The Bulls currently sit in ninth in the table with nine wins from 21 games with the West Yorkshire club cut adrift.