Stadium to host Rugby League Ashes Test in 2020
Thu 07 November 2019, 08:00|Tottenham Hotspur
Rugby League is gearing up for a first Ashes series for 17 years in 2020 - and we are set to break new ground by hosting one of the three prestigious Tests between England and Australia at our new stadium.
Our world-class venue will host the third match of the series on Saturday 14 November (5.30pm) next year with the 'Wall of White' taking on the 'Kangaroos' - the reigning and 11-time world champions. Indeed, this series represents the first time the old sporting enemies will meet since the 2017 World Cup Final in Brisbane.
The three-match series kicks off at the University of Bolton Stadium on Saturday 31 October (KO 2.30pm) with the second match being staged at Elland Road, Leeds, a week later (Saturday 7 November, 2.30pm) before arriving in N17 for what could be the deciding match of the series on 14 November 2020.
It's another sporting spectacle to add to a stellar list of major events that our new stadium is due to host.
Only last month, we made history by opening the doors of our new stadium to NFL fans for the first time when Oakland Raiders took on Chicago Bears followed by Carolina Panthers against Tampa Bay Buccaneers in back-to-back weekends in front of sell-out crowds.
Tottenham Hotspur Chairman, Daniel Levy, said: "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.
"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."
RFL Chief Executive, Ralph Rimmer, said: “We are thrilled to be welcoming Australia back to this country for the first time since 2016. International Rugby League is the pinnacle of our game and some of the best rugby players on the planet will be involved.
“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. 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."
The Ashes - 2020
The 2020 series will be the 40th Rugby League Ashes series since the term was first used in 1908, and will take place 50 years since the Ashes were last won by an England or Great Britain side back in 1970.
This will be the Kangaroos’ first visit to these shores since 2016’s Four Nations series, won by Australia who defeated England 36-18 at London’s Olympic Stadium. And the Bolton match will be the first between the two countries since the 2017 World Cup Final – a titanic battle in Brisbane which Australia edged 6-0 to reclaim their ‘World Champions’ tag.
Tickets are on sale now, priced from £25 for adults and £15 for Under-16s and there is a special deal for our Season Ticket Holders, Members and Executive Members - 25% off ticket prices if they book by next Thursday (14 November).
Hospitality packages for the three Tests will be available to purchase in the New Year.