English rugby league club Bradford Bulls are set to leave their home of 85 years, Odsal Stadium, on 1 September.
The club has agreed a two-year lease to play at Tetley Stadium in Dewsbury. The rugby league venue has an existing capacity of 5,100 and is expandable to 8,000 if required.
Bulls Chairman Andrew Chalmers blamed the cost of rates, rent and maintenance for the decision to move
Chalmers also says the Bulls are in discussions about potential sites for a bespoke new-build stadium in Bradford.
Chalmers said in a statement:
I believe this decision is firmly in the best long-term interests of the club. [It] provides financial sustainability, protects the history and legacy of the Bradford Bulls, and allows the Bulls to focus on developing young rugby talent through our Tong high performance academy, under the careful eye of our coaching and development staff.
The fact that no deal was able to be agreed with the Bradford City Council and the Rugby Football League, isn’t a reflection on the hard working efforts of the executive officers of both organisations. But the fact remains as I clearly outlined – that doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result, wasn’t going to happen.
Odsal Stadium has seen the Bradford Bulls journey from global world club champions, to League 1 participants, as the club in its various forms transitioned through the relegation and promotion trap door. Chalmers added:
Our new home, Tetley Stadium, Dewsbury is approximately 10 miles from the M606. Having played there and undertaken significant due diligence, this stadium represents an affordable economic choice for the Bradford Bulls, whilst we work through the task of developing an equally affordable boutique stadium development in Bradford.
Our home for the next two seasons, is not only painted in our red amber and black colours, but also boasts covered and uncovered terracing, covered seating in the North Stand, along with indoor hospitality, and corporate boxes, and parking for over 500 vehicles.