Now that’s what we call a world class result.
York has been chosen to be one of the host cities for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.
The news was broken shortly after 9am today (Tuesday) on a BBC Sport livestream special from Manchester.
York’s new stadium will be home to both women’s semi-finals and a number of group stage matches in November 2021.
When the news was announced a cheer went up from partners in the bid who had gathered at the Everyman Cinema.
And our World Cup status has been warmly welcomed across the city.
Tickets on sale later
The fixtures will be formally announced later this year, with tickets going on sale soon after.
A total of 40 towns and cities met last July’s deadline to submit bids. York’s successful bid was from a consortium consisting of the council, the University of York, York St John University, GLL, York City Knights and Make It York.
And it impressed the top man, Chief Executive of Rugby League World Cup 2021 Jon Dutton:
We are delighted that York will play an integral role in the women’s tournament at the new community stadium.
York will host three group match days along with the double header semi-finals which is testament to the excellent bid the York partnership put together.
What they said
What Twitter said
Congratulations to York! The Community Stadium will host a women’s group game and both women’s semi-finals. Watch the full announcement on @BBCsport online now: https://t.co/Z4KSUTksDq #WeAreTheHosts #RLWC2021 pic.twitter.com/WMLiOWjnWf
— RLWC2021 (@RLWC2021) January 29, 2019
@YorkStadium in 2021 will host a women’s group game & both women’s semi-finals of the Rugby League Women’s World Cup!
— York Stadium Leisure Complex (@YorkStadium) January 29, 2019
Rugby League World Cup. 2021.
York will host women’s group games and both Semi-Finals.
Thank you @RLWC2021
— York City Knights⚔️ (@YorkKnightsRLFC) January 29, 2019
Amazing news 🎉Let's make the most of this unique opportunity to inspire the next generation, by working together to show the power and brilliance of sport right here on our doorstep. #RLWC2021 #WeAreTheHosts #weareyork #LineUp4York https://t.co/4LEMotPZSH
— YCK Ladies (@yckladies) January 29, 2019
A HUGE congratulations to all the successful cities and towns who have been selected to host @RLWC2021 games.
In particular, York.
What an opportunity for the city to showcase Rugby League and to play an integral role in introducing it to a wider audience.#WomensRugbyLeague
— Jo Phillips (@JojJojoelle) January 29, 2019
I CAN NOT WAIT tell my rugby mad kids!
— Roy Gibson 🐝 (@RoyWilliam) January 29, 2019