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Feversham Lens
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Aug 14, 2019, 12:12 PM

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As things stand (with Bulls outside Super League and attracting relatively small crowds), Horsfall may be the least worst option. Despite investment in the mid-80s (mostly for major speedway events), crumbling Odsal has only too obviously had its day, however much or little the RFL charges in rent. There aren't many options. Valley Parade is too big - and probably too expensive - for matches outside Super League while Tetley's Stadium, Dewsbury, isn't in Bradford - and its capacity isn't any bigger than a revamped Horsfall. Bulls couldn't play at either Halifax (The Shay) or Leeds (Headingley) because those stadia are fully subscribed (and neither is in Bradford). Mount Pleasant, Batley, is too small, as is Farsley Celtic's Throstle Nest. The only other option is Cougar Park, Keighley, which at least is in the Bradford Met area. Given Cougar Park has accommodated 8,000+ for rugby league in the fairly recent past (a Challenge Cup quarter-final against St Helens), it might be Bulls' best bet. Hard to see a beached whale like Bradford Bulls ever having the wherewithal to build a new stadium of their own.


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Feversham Lens
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Aug 15, 2019, 3:53 PM

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T&A expects an announcement tomorrow:

https://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/...round-future-friday/


kirby knitters
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Aug 15, 2019, 6:14 PM

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What do the RFL do if Bulls have decided to walk? An amicable arrangement where everyone's a winner has to be the favourite outcome.


Feversham Lens
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Aug 15, 2019, 7:43 PM

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What do the RFL do if Bulls have decided to walk? An amicable arrangement where everyone's a winner has to be the favourite outcome.

Odsal is a lost cause, its resurrection way beyond the means of either the RFL or Bradford Bulls, the sport's foremost basket case. Bradford Council isn't daft enough to invest in Odsal. The site will end up in the hands of a developer.


(This post was edited by Feversham Lens on Aug 15, 2019, 7:52 PM)


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Aug 16, 2019, 7:49 AM

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Bulls quit Odsal to share with Dewsbury:

https://www.bradfordbulls.co.uk/...-tetley-stadium-for-

https://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/...eave-odsal-dewsbury/

RFL tweet: Bradford’s request to use the Tetley’s Stadium in Dewsbury as a home ground remains subject to the approval of the RFL Board, who are charged with making a decision in the best interests of the sport. We have not received an application, and it would be inappropriate for us to comment until we do.

BPA FC (originally a rugby league club, of course) haven't given up on sharing Horsfall with Bulls (or any rugby league club with 'Bradford' in its name). Avenue are even talking about launching a professional rugby league club of their own!

https://bpafc.com/...nsists-avenue-owner/


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kirby knitters
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Aug 16, 2019, 8:17 AM

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A temporary move but looks like they are away from Odsal for good! Makes sense financially and maybe a move to BPA is the long term thinking with the connection between the pair.

Nice ground is Dewsbury but having walked there from station on a Sunday due to lack of buses the difference is about the same as Odsal from Interchange and boy do you need a pint after it!


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Last Bradford Bulls game at Odsal will be against Championship rivals Sheffield Eagles on September 1 (3.0).

Social media suggests Bradford will pay circa £2,000 a game at Dewsbury, a saving of more than £30,000 on their Odsal deal.

Re KK: though still an uphill walk, Crown Flatt was a bit closer to both bus and railway stations! The pub halfway up, on the left, used to be popular with visiting fans. Probably closed down now.


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So does this mean Odsal will be empty now? Or are there other sports/clubs going to be using it? And if the former, is there a long term future for the venue?


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Aug 16, 2019, 4:30 PM

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Nobody else uses Odsal now - and that's unlikely to change. I would say the stadium, a crumbling relic, does not have any future. Whether the north of England's foremost hole in the ground can safely be filled in, and the site transformed into something else, remains to be seen.


(This post was edited by Feversham Lens on Aug 16, 2019, 4:31 PM)

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