Supporters urged to arrive early for Challenge Cup clash

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SUPPORTERS attending Saturday’s mouthwatering Carnegie Challenge Cup derby between Wakefield Wildcats and Castleford Tigers are being urged to arrive at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium in good time.

The bumper crowd that is expected for the fifth round clash (kick-off 2.30pm), coupled with the opening of the Hepworth Gallery, has seen Wildcats consult with the police, Wakefield Council and the Highways Agency over possible traffic congestion.

Wildcats General Manager Davide Longo said: “Traffic arrangements have been planned in consultation with the police, Wakefield Council and the Highways Agency to “minimise disruption” for regular road users and supporters wanting to watch the rugby league.

“This will not be a problem at all if supporters are aware of the situation and set off earlier to the ground. In addition the club will be opening the turnstiles from 12pm, with pre-match entertainment and all the bars open throughout the day.”

Wildcats are hoping for a near-capacity crowd for the local derby.

Tickets are priced at £15 for adults, £10 for concessions and £5 for juniors and will now be the same price on the turnstiles.

All Wildcats junior members can watch the action for free by producing their voucher on the turnstiles.

The club’s main sponsor, Eric France, will provide 1000 free flags to Wakefield fans before the game to add to what is expected to be a great atmosphere.

Wildcats chief executive James Elston said: “I would like to thank Eric France for their sponsorship of these flags and for their continued support to the club.”

“I hope the crowd is full of Wildcats flags on Saturday and I encourage everyone to come down to this great derby Challenge Cup game at The Rapid Solicitors Stadium and enjoy the exciting atmosphere, this is a game not to be missed.”

See this week’s Wakefield Express Sport for all the build-up to this weekend’s big Challenge Cup derby.