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Bradford Bulls set to secure Odsal lease from RFL

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Bradford Bulls have released a key update in the situation surrounding the ownership of their iconic Odsal Stadium.

Sold to the RFL for £1.2 million in 2012, it has long been a source of discussion.

One of the most iconic venues in the sport, it once held the world record for a rugby league attendance, of 102,569 in the 1954 Challenge Cup Final replay, which it held until the 1999 NRL Grand Final.

It was also a top-tier rugby league venue while Bradford Bulls were one of the most successful sides in the country.

The governing body, according to Love Rugby League, spends around £190,000 per year for upkeep, while the value of the lease goes down.

This is amongst a period of time where the sport as a whole is losing money, with many upset that the governing body puts that money in to a stadium that only benefits one club.

Bradford Bulls set to secure Odsal lease

The Bulls have reportedly beaten multiple other entities, including a motorsport company, to be the preferred bidder.

The club announced the news in a statement, saying: “The Board of Bradford Bulls, after very careful consideration, have submitted an offer to reacquire the leasehold interest in Odsal.

“We understand that the club’s offer to secure our home at Odsal Stadium will be discussed at the RFL Council on 22 July 2024.

“We are advised that the RFL Board will present our offer as the preferred bid to the members and they will listen to their views before finalising their decision.”

CEO Jason Hirst said: “It is well documented that the running costs of Odsal are very, very substantial so once the RFL decided to sell the lease we had to think hard about whether we could afford to take it on.

“The club’s board concluded that Odsal was our spiritual home and we should do all we can to bring the stadium back into the ownership of the club, to protect rugby league in the city.”

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