Bumper crowd expected at Big Fellas Stadium for Rovers-Bulls clash

Former Featherstone Rovers and Bradford legend David Hobbs will be among the guests at the game on March 1.
Former Featherstone Rovers and Bradford legend David Hobbs will be among the guests at the game on March 1.

Featherstone Rovers are gearing up for their first game this season at the Big Fellas Stadium.

After being unable to play at home so far in 2015 because of pitch maintenance work, Rovers are expecting a bumper crowd on Sunday, March 1 (3pm) when they host Kingstone Press Championship rivals Bradford Bulls.

It will be the first time Rovers have played on their new, extended pitch in front of spectators in one of the new all–seater stands at the stadium’s Railway End.

The fixture will also see the club’s new ’30 metre’ stand open for viewing.

It will be a significant milestone for all those involved in a project which began in 2010 and has seen the dismantling, transportation and erection of two stands that were formerly part of the McCain Stadium, the former home of Scarborough Football Club, undertaken by a team of volunteers.

To celebrate the day a number of players and coaches with both Rovers and Bradford connections will be honoured. The guests will include Jimmy Thompson, Peter Fox, Paul Newlove, David Hobbs and Steve Evans.

As part of the Featherstone Rovers Foundation Heritage Project, there will be a display of Rovers’ memorabilia in the Learning Centre whilst on the pitch there will be action both pre-match and at half–time featuring Featherstone Lions under tens.

Admission to the game is £18 for adults, £12 concessions and £5 juniors with tickets available now via www.featherstonerovers.net

The game is not all ticket and there will be cash turnstiles on the day.

With the scene set for the biggest crowd at the stadium since the 2012 Challenge Cup tie with Castleford Tigers, fans are urged to arrive early in order to avoid congestion at the turnstiles.

There will be a steel band providing entertainment and various other attractions including a hog roast.