HEADINGLEY SET FOR HISTORICAL NIGHT

Leeds Rhinos’ Headingley Stadium is set for another historic first on Thursday night when the home side entertain Bradford, kick off 8pm, with the game set for a sell out.

Leeds Rhinos' Headingley Stadium is set for another historic first on Thursday night when the home side entertain local rivals Bradford Bulls, kick off 8pm, with the game heading for a sell out. Less than 1,000 tickets remain for the fierce Yorkshire derby and it will be the first time in living memory that the sold out signs will be going up at Headingley. Commenting on the news Chief Executive Gary Hetherington said, "We believe this is the first time a league match has been made all ticket and it looks as if we could be heading for a sell out at the current rate. The Leeds against Bradford derby has now become the biggest in world rugby, of either code, and fans are desperate to get their hands on a ticket for the game. We have sold over 2,000 tickets online to fans from around the region and further a field, such has been the appeal of this match. "Fans can still get their tickets now but we would urge anyone who has not already got their ticket to do so as soon as possible to avoid disappointment," added Hetherington. The West Yorkshire derby has attracted nearly half a million spectators since the start of Super League in 1996 for the regular season clash, which does not include three Challenge Cup semi finals in 1996, 1997 and 1999 plus the Challenge Cup Finals of 2000 and 2003. All three of last season's Super League fixtures attracted crowds of more than 20,000 with the clash having broken the 20,000 barrier on three other occasions in the summer era. The Headingley capacity is restricted to 21,000 for Thursday game although last season 23,035, the second largest attendance in Super League history, were at the equivalent fixture.