Sale Sharks moving to Reebok stadium

Sale Sharks aim to make North West rugby history this season by moving their Aviva Premiership Rugby match against London Irish to the Reebok Stadium, home of Premier League football club Bolton Wanderers, in what they expect will be the biggest game of club rugby ever played in the region.

Sale Sharks will be positioning the match, to be known as Rugby at the Reebok, as a celebration of North West rugby inviting rugby players and supporters at all ages and levels from across the region to participate in the day.

As such, the club will be moving the match to a Saturday evening kick-off – Saturday 16th April 17.30. The Sharks have already been in discussions with the Lancashire and Cheshire County Unions to request that all of the community club matches on that day kick-off at 13.00 to enable the regions amateur players to attend the match.

Sharks long-serving fly half Charlie Hodgson says the whole squad is excited by the opportunity to run out onto the Reebok Stadium in front of 28,200 supporters.

“As a player, you want to be play rugby on the biggest stage. To have the opportunity to play for Sale Sharks at one of the UK’s great stadiums will be a fantastic honour for the players who are selected. Having begun my career with the club in front of 1800 people at Heywood Road, it’s absolutely amazing to think that we will be playing a home match at a world class stadium in front of 28,200 people.”

The club’s Chief Executive Mick Hogan wants to achieve a sell out crowd.

“Today’s announcement is the culmination of nearly twelve months work to enable us to announce this event. We now have 7 months to achieve a sell out crowd, and I truly believe that there are almost 30,000 people in the North West who would like to attend a live game of Sale Sharks’ rugby. “

“We want to show the North West some real ambition and give the region a rugby team that they can truly be proud to support.”

“This isn’t a one-off either. We have an agreement with Bolton that will see us bring a Premiership game to the Reebok Stadium over each of the next three seasons.”

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