Minster turns purple to mark the one-year countdown to York’s Rugby League World Cup glory

York Town Crier Ben Fry outside a resplendent purple York Minster. Photographs: Make It York / Gareth Buddo
23 Oct 2020 @ 9.16 pm
| Sport

York Minster was lit up purple today to celebrate the Rugby League World Cup 2021 coming to the city – in exactly one year’s time.

The public ticket ballot also opened today (Friday). It’s the first in Rugby League World Cup history and will remain open for applications until 16 November at 20:21.

Fans will be able to apply for tickets for each of the 61 matches across all three tournaments, with tickets in each price band at every game available, including the eight fixtures in York.

The public ticket ballot will be the last opportunity to buy a ticket to the tournament at 2020 promotional rates. Ticket prices will increase from 1 January 2021.

York will play host to eight fixtures when RLWC2021 comes to England next year, as well as acting as the training base for New Zealand’s men and women’s team, as well as the women’s sides from Australia, France and Cook Islands.

Excitement mounting

Purple power

Jon Dutton, RLWC2021 CEO, said: “The ballot provides a brilliant chance for anybody who wants to attend RLWC2021 and watch the most exciting and competitive Rugby League available and be part of sporting history next autumn.”

“York has a big part to play in next years’ tournament, and with just one year to go, we can feel the excitement and tension mounting as the world’s best will be coming to York.”

The games will be held at the LNER Community Stadium, and excitement is already beginning to mount.

“The ballot provides a brilliant chance for anybody who wants to attend RLWC2021 and watch the most exciting and competitive Rugby League available and be part of sporting history next autumn.”

“York has a big part to play in next years’ tournament, and with just one year to go, we can feel the excitement and tension mounting as the world’s best will be coming to York.”

Sean Bullick, Managing Director, Make It York said:  “We can’t wait for York to host the Rugby League World Cup next year and welcome fans and players from across the globe to our city. 

“The countdown really is on now with one year to go for this fantastic event, which will showcase York on the international stage.”

 Jon Flatman, Chairman, York City Knights said : “This is another key milestone on the road to the Rugby League World Cup coming to York and we are hugely excited to celebrate this one year to go mark.

“The event is fantastic for the city and we are looking forward to working with partners to ensure a  long-lasting legacy across the community and for sport in York.

“We can’t wait to play host to some of the most amazing sporting talent in the game and to welcome fans to our city to enjoy this incredible tournament!”