Rovers take on Centurions at Blackpool Summer Bash

Mascots from the 12 Kingstone Press Championship clubs meet up in Blackpool ahead of next season's Summer Bash. Picture: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com.
Mascots from the 12 Kingstone Press Championship clubs meet up in Blackpool ahead of next season's Summer Bash. Picture: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com.

Featherstone Rovers face Leigh Centurions in next season’s Summer Bash at Blackpool which features a full round of Kingstone Press Championship fixtures over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend.

The Rovers-Leigh clash is the weekend’s final fixture, kicking off at 5.15pm on Sunday, May 24.

Rovers will be out to avenge their defeat against Leigh in last season’s Championship Grand Final.

Tickets for the eagerly-anticipated Summer Bash are on sale today.

Bloomfield Road - home of Blackpool FC - will host four matches on Saturday May 23, including the first ever final of the League One Cup, and three on Sunday May 24 at the B

With tickets starting from just £20 for the day and £30 for the weekend in a destination resort that features a wide range of affordable accommodation options, Summer Bash is expected to become a hugely popular event.

As well as the high quality drama on the pitch, fans can enjoy a packed programme of activities designed to keep the whole family entertained, including live music, a Fanzone and social media interactions.

The action kicks off on Saturday at noon with the League One Cup Final, the pinnacle of a new competition which will feature all 14 League 1 teams alongside West Hull and East Leeds from the National Conference League.

The Summer Bash fixtures begin with the Cumbrian derby, Workington Town v Whitehaven at 2.30pm followed by Sheffield Eagles taking on former Super League club London Broncos at 4.45pm.

Saturday will conclude with a West Yorkshire derby between Bradford Bulls and Halifax, two clubs with a long and proud historic rivalry who are guaranteed to provide a memorable ending to Day 1.

More local rivalry will get Sunday off to a mouth-watering start with the clash between Batley Bulldogs and Dewsbury Rams at 12.45pm.

Newly-promoted Hunslet Hawks will face Doncaster at 3.00pm before Summer Bash reaches a spectacular finale with Featherstrone’s clash against Leigh.

RFL Chief Operating Officer Ralph Rimmer said: “The Summer Bash is a tremendous addition to the new-look Championship and I am sure Rugby League fans everywhere will embrace the event and take the opportunity to spend a weekend at a venue which has a rich tradition of creating fantastic memories for the sport.

“Blackpool is the perfect home for the Summer Bash: not only are there plenty of accommodation choices but the resort offers our fans many other attractions over the extended Bank Holiday Weekend.

“With the dawn of a new era for Rugby League and the restoration of promotion and relegation in 2015, every minute of every game matters and that will ensure the Summer Bash will produce drama of the highest quality.”

Tickets for Summer Bash 2015 go on sale from 9am today at the 12 Kingstone Press Championship clubs and can also be purchased by calling the RFL Ticket Office on 0844 856 113 or by visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk.

Championship club season ticket holders are advised to check with their clubs for the best offers. Tickets for the full weekend for adults start from £50 for reserved seating and £30 for unreserved seating and concession prices start from £25 (reserved) and £15 (unreserved). Tickets for adults per day are from £30 (reserved) and £20 (unreserved) with concession ticket prices from £15 and £10.

The 2015 Summer Bash schedule in full is as follows:

Saturday May 23

12.00pm - League 1 Cup Final

2.30pm – Workington Town v Whitehaven

4.45pm - Sheffield Eagles v London Broncos

7.00pm – Bradford Bulls v Halifax

Sunday May 24

12.45pm - Batley Bulldogs v Dewsbury Rams

3.00pm - Hunslet Hawks v Doncaster

5.15pm – Featherstone Rovers v Leigh Centurions