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Rhinos aim for last goodbye to South Stand

Leeds Rhinos are hoping to give their Headingley South Stand a final goodbye three days before demolition work begins.

Rhinos CEO Gary Hetherington has confirmed to the Yorkshire Evening Post that the Rhinos have asked for a fixture at Headingley in the lead-up to the stand’s demolition.

The new terrace will be a mixture of standing and seating areas for the Rhinos but the current structure, built in 1931, will be no more.

“The fixtures for the Super 8s have not yet been published but we have asked for a home game on August 18,” Hetherington said.

“That will be the final game of the South Stand and we want to hear from fans with ideas and suggestions as to how we can celebrate the current South Stand and give it a good send-off.”

The night as a whole is being prepared behind the scenes and it should be a brilliant evening if Leeds do get the home game on the date they’ve asked.

“Our marketing staff are working on plans for the night itself,” he said.

“It is going to be an emotional game whoever we are playing against and we want to engage all our fans.

“We are very much at the drawing-board stage at the moment – we have six weeks to prepare for the event.”

The North Stand will remain open until the end of the season but that will also be replaced, with work on the entire stadium expected to be finished by spring 2019.

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