Castleford Tigers’ stadium – the Jungle – is unique to say the least.
The atmosphere it produces is one of the best in Super League, though the facilities leave a lot to be desired.
It is one of the oldest venues left in the top flight and the only one so far to not have had any redevelopment with the likes of Hull KR and Leeds Rhinos redeveloping Craven Park and Headingley respectively whilst Wakefield Trinity are in the process of doing so with one of their stands already being demolished in just six weeks.
That being said, the Jungle is still a favourite ground for many people given fans’ proximity to the field and it’s that that Sky Sports pundit Jon Wilkin is so fond of and was so fond of when he was a player for St Helens.
“It’s a unique atmosphere, it is always a tricky place to try and come,” Wilkin said live on Sky Sports during Castleford’s home defeat to the Salford Red Devils yesterday.
“For people who don’t know, the fans are literally on top of you and it’s quite an intimidating atmosphere and for the home team it can really lift the home team.”
Unfortunately, that intimidating atmosphere failed to inspire the Tigers to victory yesterday with Salford giving an incredible account of themselves in what proved to be the win that secured their play-off spot under Paul Rowley.
Rowley has been rightly hailed by Super League fans for the way in which he has transformed the Red Devils from previously when Richard Marshall was in charge last year.
And, the Red Devils have held absolutely nothing back on their two visits to the Jungle in 2022, winning both games in emphatic fashion from round one to the penultimate round of fixtures.