It’s been an off-season of change at Wakefield Trinity and that’s seen hopes and aspirations for the 2024 campaign grown at a rate of knots, and now fans have even more reason to get excited as footage of the stadium development has emerged.
Trinity suffered the terrible fate of relegation in the 2023 season but rather than causing the club to panic and crumble it’s an event that has seemingly galvanised them with major changes happening.
Much of the groundwork for those changes had been started by the old regime such as off-field development of the stadium, but under new owner Matt Ellis the project has taken multiple steps forward and has received immense support from Trinity fans.
Local businessman Ellis made a strong first impression when he wrote an open letter to the fans in the days before his official confirmation as owner. In that letter he outlined the plans for the club in which he boldly explained that Daryl Powell would be hired on a four year deal.
True to his word Ellis hired Powell and the ex-Warrington Wolves boss has gone about assembling his own set of backroom staff, whilst money has also been afforded to be spent on the squad too.
Wingers Jermaine McGillvary and Lachlan Walmsley have arrived meaning Trin will boast a wing partnership consisting of immense Super League experience, alongside the man who has scored the most tries in the Championship for the past two seasons.
The retention of stars such as Mason Lino, Max Jowitt and Luke Gale has also given reason for fans to believe in the spine of the team, whilst Australian and Kiwi signings have added bulk to their pack too.
As such season ticket sales have been at record breaking levels with the club reporting that they have surpassed 5,000 season tickets sold, an incredible feat for the club.
Now there is yet more exciting news as footage of the stadium redevelopment has been shared on Youtube by channel ‘Drone With Me UK’.
A video just over three minutes long shows the completed stadium in all it’s glory with the new seats on full display showing off the traditional Trinity colours.
For fans who want to see the completed stadium the video is available to watch here.
Another recent update from the club has suggested that capacity at the stadium is set to increase for the 2025 season, by which time the club aim to be in Super League.
A statement from Matt Ellis in late November read: “We will find a way to increase capacity for the North Terrace next year in anticipation of the 2025 season, as I feel many more tickets would have been sold for this area of the ground. I would urge any supporter who was planning on buying a season ticket in the North to still come down and follow the club in either the East Stand, West Terrace, or Fox’s Bar.
“I guarantee that we will increase capacity on the North Stand next year, and your support this year in buying tickets in other areas of the ground will assist with the funding of the project. There is a lot of wasted space around the back of the North Terrace to increase capacity and improve the match-day experience with new concession options. I am also looking at a few new options to improve the West Terrace.”
The club get their pre-season underway on Boxing Day when they face Leeds Rhinos in the traditional game scheduled for that date.
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