Wigan Warriors can today confirm that they will face near neighbours Leigh Centurions in an exciting pre-season fixture at Leigh Sports Village on Sunday 1st February 2009 with a 3pm kick off.
The Warriors last played Leigh in a competitive game in 2005 and this eagerly anticipated game will mark the official rugby opening of the new Stadium.
Leigh Sports Village is the biggest investment in public sports, recreational and educational facilities in Wigan borough for many years and is transforming Wigan & Leigh into one of the finest hubs of activity in the North West. The project has involved significant levels of regeneration and economic development, especially in relation to education and leisure, and specifically provides new sporting and college facilities for both the town and the district.
A host of events are currently being planned to mark this historic event with further details to be announced in due course.
Speaking about the game, Warriors Chief Executive Mick Hogan said,
“We are delighted to be invited and partake in this historic occasion - the first ‘official’ game at the new Leigh Sports Village. It is a wonderful stadium but it will also play an important part of our pre-season plans ahead of engage Super League XIV which gets underway later that month. There have been some tremendous tussles between the two sides over the years and I am sure this will be another game to remember.”
Leigh Centurions Chief Executive Allan Rowley commented,
“The new stadium forms an important part of our business plan moving forward and we are delighted that the first game will be against our old friends and foes from Wigan!.”
Simon Toon, Chief Executive of the Leigh Sports Village added,
“This celebrated occasion will be the final game at the Sports Village before the start of the new season and will follow two ‘ramp up’ events which are required to safely test and raise the capacity to the total of 10,000. We are delighted that the Warriors have agreed to be part of this occasion so that we can celebrate the opening of this fantastic new facility for the people of both Leigh and Wigan.”
Tickets are anticipated to sell quickly for the game and they will go on sale in December (date to be confirmed) at a price of £14 for adults and £6 for concessions (seniors and under 16’s).