Following extensive discussions with DCMS, Public Health authorities, Brent Council and Wembley Stadium, the Rugby Football League is delighted to announce that the double header of the Challenge Cup Final and 1895 Cup Final will be one of a small number of events participating in the third phase of the Events Research Programme.
As a result, there could be between 40,000 and 45,000 fans allowed to attend on the day.
Discussions with the four competing clubs will continue today, with the expectation that tickets will now go on sale initially to their members and/or season ticket holders at 9am tomorrow (Tuesday June 22) for an exclusive three-day period where they can buy up to an additional five tickets for friends and family – with any remaining tickets going on general sale on Friday June 25.
Mark Foster, the RFL’s Chief Commercial Officer said:“This is fantastic news for the sport as a whole, and especially for the tens of thousands of supporters of Castleford Tigers, St Helens, Featherstone Rovers and York City Knights who will now be able to attend Rugby League Challenge Cup Final day – one of the country’s traditional sporting highlights.
“We would like to place on record our thanks to all at DCMS, Public Health England, Wembley Stadium and Brent Council who have helped to get us to this stage.
“We fully expect that a form of Covid Certification will be required for all who attend on the day. This will consist of either having had both doses of the vaccine at least 14 days before the event, or proof of a negative Lateral Flow Test, which can be taken at home or at a recognised centre free of charge, within 48 hours of the event.”
Sports Minister Nigel Huddlestone added: “Our phenomenal vaccine rollout and increasing uptake of the NHS App means the Challenge Cup Final and the 1895 Cup Final will now take place in front of tens of thousands of fans at Wembley Stadium, which is a very positive sign ahead of the Rugby League World Cup later this year.
“These highlights of the Rugby League calendar will be an important part of the Events Research Programme, helping to explore how we can safely return fans to sporting and cultural venues at ever greater numbers.”