Hull submits final bid to be a rugby league world cup host city

Back the bid: Hull submits final Rugby League World Cup bid

A final proposal has today (12 October) been submitted to bring Rugby League World Cup to Hull in 2021.

The city reached the Host Bid Candidate City stage following a successful pitch on 31 July and was invited to submit a final application to have a share of what promises to be the biggest and best Rugby League World Cup of all time.

Hull’s bid centres on its ambition to bring the whole community together increasing the profile of both the city and rugby league.

Last year, the city demonstrated its ability to deliver 365 days of world-class events and programming, showcasing Hull as a major visitor destination during its year in the international spotlight as UK City of Culture. The RLWC2021 bid builds on an ambition to empower and enable local communities to become more active, leading a healthier lifestyle and improving wellbeing.

If successful, this once-in-a-generation opportunity would see Hull host matches at the home of Super League team Hull FC, the KCOM Stadium. It could give the region an economic boost of up to £4.5million, attracting tourists from across the world to the city. Around 150 million people across 115 countries will watch the tournament, which will take place in October and November 2021.

Hull is steeped in rugby league history. It boasts two Super League teams and has a strong track record of welcoming international teams from across the world, offering excellent world-class facilities and hosting experience.

Councillor Stephen Brady, Leader of Hull City Council, said: “This final application supports our vison to continue our incredible journey. We believe this is another opportunity to tell the world about our fantastic city. Hull is ready to deliver a spectacular World Cup.

“As part of our bid, we are showing how Hull can play a vital role in making Rugby League World Cup 2021 the biggest and best ever. The city knows rugby league and the city loves rugby league so to have the chance to host international fixtures here will be very special indeed.”

Now, a campaign to back Hull’s submission bid has kicked-off, encouraging residents from all corners of the city, businesses and sports and community groups to get behind its plans.

Hull’s bid is backed by the city’s two Super League rugby league teams, Hull FC and Hull KR, plus the Superstadium Management Company and many of the city’s biggest institutions, including the University of Hull, NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group, Visit Hull and East Yorkshire, the culture company Absolutely Cultured and Bondholders, the city’s business network.

Councillor Brady, continued: “We would encourage as many fans as possible, from both sides of the city, to show their support for the campaign if they haven’t done so already. There’s no doubt that the people of our city want to see this fantastic event on their doorstep.”

What Hull aims to deliver:

  • A unique visitor experience centred on the city’s rugby league heritage and tradition, and celebrating the cultural opportunities linked with visiting teams.
  • Increased participation in rugby league locally, reaching every corner of the city and an increased profile for rugby league.
  • The Hull bid will showcase the exceptional training facilities available in the city. In addition to hosting matches, the city has the capacity to meet the needs of international teams in a number of superb venues.
  • A programme of activities and events leading up to and during the tournament based around the city’s reputation hosting international events right across the city.

The RLWC2021 Organising Committee will announce tournament Host Cities in January 2019.

To show your support for the bid use the hashtags #BackTheBid, #HullYes and #RLWC2021 when talking about Hull’s bid on social media.

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