Castleford Tigers chief Steve Ferres has praised fans for roaring the team to a memorable win over the champions in their opening home game.
Supporters played their part in the backing they gave to the Cas team in their 14-12 victory against Leeds Rhinos and they have also been thanked for their patience in adapting to changes at the Tigers ground.
For the first home game of the season there were a number of procedural changes that affected the way supporters accessed the Wish Communications Stadium, largely to accommodate the new membership scheme which had dedicated turnstiles for its new 2013 members.
Chief executive Ferres said: “We had a lot of changes to implement in what was not only our first home game but what will be one of our busiest games of the season. Under these circumstances, I thought we coped admirably.
“I cannot deny that there were some issues but we are reviewing how the day went and will be making the necessary tweaks to try and make the game day experience as smooth as possible over the year.
“We are still failing to provide suitable facilities, namely the toilets which I know have been a cause for issue for some time now. As I said before the game, the cable theft was a definite setback for us and has impacted on ground developments we had hoped to implement. I would like to reassure fans that we are working towards trying to make these changes but I’m afraid they cannot expect quick fixes.
“The turnout at the game on Sunday was absolutely fantastic and whilst I know that turning the Wheldon Road End into a members-only area has had a mixed response, it was a real sight to see the club’s most loyal fans cheering on the players together. There is no doubt that the huge support of the fans lifted the team to that victory.”
Membership for the 2103 season is still available and starts at £60 for adults for the bronze membership which includes tickets for two games (three for concessions), access to the Wheldon Road End for the whole season, plus plenty of offers and discounts on restaurants and businesses in the Castleford area, including 10 per cent off at the club shop. Junior membership is £52 for children under 16 and includes a season pass to all Castleford Tigers home and away games, as well as an exclusive membership kit.
Ferres added: “I know some fans had been holding out to see how the team fared early in the season and I hope that Sunday’s performance has shown that we now have a set of players that we can all be proud to support.
“I would like to thank the coaching staff and players for the effort and commitment they have shown to the Tigers so far. The support of the fans is a real source of inspiration to them and I hope our supporters remain in fine voice throughout the season to spur them on to more victories.”
Fans who want to become a member can sign up online at www.castigers.com/members or in the club shop at Carlton Lanes or by calling 01977 555336.