Wests Tigers wish to advise Members and fans that the Round 22 clash against St George-Illawarra Dragons will now be played at the Sydney Football Stadium.
The match was originally scheduled for the Sydney Cricket Ground to co-incide with the 50 year anniversary of the 1961 Grand Final played between Wests and St George at the iconic venue.
However due to the match now being scheduled on Friday, August 5, Wests Tigers Chief Executive Stephen Humphreys admitted the Club had to revise its match day plans.
“We were hopeful of hosting this match on a Sunday afternoon so we could provide a great day of entertainment for our supporters,'' Humphreys said.
"Friday night games impose really tight timeframes for supporters to get to the venue and therefore from a fan’s perspective, a Friday night game becomes less about the pre-match entertainment and all about the game itself.
“As a result of this, we’ve needed to downscale the pre-match entertainment plans which were so integral to the original decision to host the match at the SCG. With all of that in mind, we have now transferred the match to the SFS which is such a great venue to watch Rugby League at.”
The Sunday Channel Nine game is Manly vs Sydney Roosters at Brookvale Oval.
Humphreys added the Club remained committed to paying homage to the great rivalry between Wests and St George experienced in the early sixties.
“We will be hosting a lot of past players from that golden era at the match and our NRL team will proudly wear the Wests heritage jersey on the night,'' he said.
“We will do everything we can to secure a Sunday afternoon slot for the corresponding fixture over the next couple of years to enable us to celebrate this particular phase of the Club’s history on a more comprehensive scale than we are able to deliver on this occasion.”
Wests Tigers will advise Members, sponsors and other key parties of the changes in due course.
Wests Tigers v St George Illawarra Dragons, Sydney Football Stadium
Date: Friday 5 August, 2011
NYC kick-off: 5.15pm
NRL kick-off: 7.30pm
Tickets available from next week at weststigers.com.au or Ticketek.