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Major Odsal stadium update as Bradford Bulls set to face pitch challenge

There has been much deliberation over the pitch at Bradford Bulls’ Odsal in recent years and there now looks to be another major development.

YorStox, the stock car racing developer at the Odsal stadium, have installed concrete ‘mats’ around the edge of the venue in order to preserve the track.

Unfortunately, the surface doesn’t appear to be the safest if a rugby league player for some reason makes their way off the pitch and onto the track.

Home to the Bradford Bulls, Odsal played host to the largest attendance at a rugby match ever recorded with over 100,000 piling onto the terraces at a Challenge Cup replay between Halifax and Warrington.

After a hiatus spent at Dewsbury Rams’ Tetley’s Stadium, the Bulls signed a lease agreement from the RFL six months ago to cap off a return to their natural home.

And, according to the new Chairman of Bradford, Nigel Wood, a previous interview highlighted the work that is going into the venue.

“We’ve got a short-term lease to the end of the next year, we would like to extend that provided the terms can be agreed,” Wood told West Yorkshire Radio Rugby League.

“We’ve got an option to buy it – the bigger prize is how do we turn this facility into fit for purpose for the 21st century which should be a minimum requirement.

“I don’t believe the RFL have a long term interest in owning the site.”

The dimensions at Odsal have also caused consternation in the past with it only being mid-2021 when the minimum requirements of the RFL were met.

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