Bradford Bulls could be set for the news that they have been waiting for.
Plans to turn Odsal into an incredible facility could well be set on their way if Bradford South is given the £20 million from the Government’s Levelling Up scheme.
The Government fund allows every constituency in the country to bid for funding of up to £20m for wellbeing, transport, regeneration or cultural projects, with the plan to rebuild Odsal as a new “art, culture and entertainment stadium,” well underway.
Bradford Council has now officially submitted its bids for the four remaining constituencies in the district.
Also included in the bid is a project to add commuter services to the Keighley and Worth Valley rail line whilst another has broached the idea to turn Bingley Pool into a modern leisure centre.
The Bradford government website has revealed: “While respecting its iconic historic status, the existing stadium would be carefully rebuilt to modern standards with a new roof to create a world-class high capacity sports, entertainment and training complex.
“The top-tier stadium could deliver over one £1bn of wider benefits to the Bradford District over ten years and pave the way for the Bulls to return to the Super League once again.”
Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader of Bradford Council, said: “Bradford District represents an incredible opportunity for the Government to deliver its Levelling Up agenda.
“We have worked hard to develop a range of bold bids designed to unleash our economic potential, deliver jobs and prosperity and address deprivation and health inequalities.
“We are the UK’s number one Levelling Up opportunity and if supported, these bids will provide game-changing benefits to the district and our residents.”
Fingers crossed, something such as groundbreaking could occur in Bradford – a city which needs the investment and a city which needs a powerful Bulls club.