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Seats to be added to famous stadium as it prepares to host first rugby league game

Rugby League action will be coming to Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium complex after a partnership was agreed by the Midlands Hurricanes and Birmingham City Council.

Rugby League action will be coming to Birmingham’s redeveloped Alexander Stadium after a partnership was agreed by the Midlands Hurricanes and venue owner Birmingham City Council.

The stadium helped host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The Hurricanes will play their home fixtures during the 2023 season at the Perry Barr venue – starting with a tie against Cornwall on February 19. The club will utilise the community pitch adjacent to the main stadium.

Greg Wood, Midlands Hurricanes CEO, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have agreed the partnership with the Stadium to make it the home of the Hurricanes going forward.

“Our ambition as a club is to grow the sport in the Midlands and by having such a prestigious venue as our hub, it gives a real focal point for the team, community and hopefully the region to get behind.

“We look forward to the growth of the sport and the club and see the Stadium move as a key part of this as it gives us the infrastructure to grow the game within other areas such as women’s and wheelchair rugby.”

Cllr Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “We are delighted to welcome the Midlands Hurricanes to the Alexander Stadium. Rugby League is an exciting sport, as demonstrated by the recent World Cup that was staged here in England.

“The Hurricanes have an ambition to grow the sport in the city and wider region, which is something that reflects our own aims to improve levels of participation in sport and physical activity.

“The stadium will provide the club with a world-class base for their operations, adding to our growing roster of partnerships and I wish them the very best for the season ahead.”

There was some confusion over whether fans would be able to sit in the stadium however.

But the Midlands Hurricanes have responded to this be alliviating these fears by revealing plans to add seats to the ground.

They said on Twitter:

“We are in the process of working with the council to have covered bleacher style roll on seating (~500 capacity) that will be situated on the track. More updates to follow.”

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