Spurs stadium to host England-Australia rugby league clash

Premier League club add Ashes Test to event hosting schedule.

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the home of the top-flight English soccer club, will host the last of three rugby league Test matches between England and Australia next year.

The fixture, which is scheduled for 14th November 2020, is part of the first Ashes series since 2003 and will be the first rugby league game to be played at the 62,062-seater venue.

The deal brings another major sporting event to Spurs’ new stadium, which last month hosted its first two National Football League (NFL) matches. The Premier League club’s home ground, which opened in April, is also pencilled in to stage the finals of the Heineken Champions Cup and European Rugby Challenge Cup club rugby union tournaments in 2021, which it will also stage Saracens’ annual showpiece fixture for five years from 2020.

“An Ashes Test not only sees us host one of sport’s great rivalries in England and Australia, but we’ll also have the chance to see players at the very pinnacle of rugby league with these teams having contested the most recent World Cup final in 2017,” said Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.

“We are excited to add another prestigious sport to our portfolio of world-class sporting and entertainment events that our multi-use venue will stage and we look forward to welcoming rugby league fans to our home next year.”

The three-match series kicks off at the University of Bolton Stadium on 31st October, with the other game being played at Elland Road, home of Championship side Leeds United, on 7th November.

“We hope the venues we have chosen, with a split between Lancashire, Yorkshire and London, will be popular both with regular Rugby League supporters and also the broader sporting public,” added Rugby Football League chief executive Ralph Rimmer. “The University of Bolton Stadium and Elland Road have both staged successful Rugby League events in recent years, and it’s exciting for us to be taking a first fixture to the stunning Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.”

Spurs also announced this week that Tiki Tonga, which is owned by Saracens captain Brad Barritt, has become their official coffee supplier. The deal will see the company’s products on sale throughout the club’s stadium.

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