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Take A Look Round Your New South Stand

5th November 2018 | 4:54 pm

By Leanne Flynn

Hundreds of Rhinos fans came along to the free South Stand Open Day on Saturday 27th October to explore the newly completed stand take a look around the new facilities that are on offer at Emerald Headingley in 2019.

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Hundreds of Rhinos fans came along to the free South Stand Open Day on Saturday 27th October to explore the newly completed stand take a look around the new facilities that are on offer at Emerald Headingley in 2019.

The first fans to arrive were treated to a free drink from the new concourse bars, and throughout the day fans were able to take a look around the new stand including the finished concourse and terrace, new home and away changing rooms as well as visit the Press room and the Leeds Rhinos Foundation classroom.

With the South Stand seats now fully completed, fans were keen to test out the seats and check out the uninterrupted views of the pitch and were able to sit back and watch over 150 young players from ambassador clubs take part in the Junior Festival on the pitch.

The entertainment podium in the centre of the concourse provided the perfect place to reveal the 2019 home shirt – unveiled by club legend and ex-Rhino, Barrie McDermott, who spoke fondly of the 1999 Challenge Cup Final which the new shirt commemorates, marking 20 years since the club’s record breaking win at the old Wembley Stadium. The kit is available now and can be ordered online at store.leedsrugby.com

There were more interviews on the day with Chief Executive Gary Hetherington, Caddick Construction representative Chris Collard who chatted with fans about the development process and the challenges faced, and members of the Leeds Rhinos Women’s team – captain Lois Forsell and loose forward Shannon Lacey – who brought the League Leaders shield and Challenge Cup trophy along to talk about the incredible success of their inaugural year.

There was free entertainment on offer throughout the afternoon too with stilt walkers, magicians, live music and hula hoop performers roaming the stadium, giving fans a taster of what match days will be like in the new stand in 2019.

The event culminated in England’s first test against New Zealand being screened on the brand new 5-metre video walls in the South Stand concourse, with England’s hard-fought victory over the Kiwis bring the curtain down on a brilliant afternoon at Emerald Headingley Stadium.

Thanks go to all club staff for putting on the event and to all the Rhinos fans who came along on the day to show their support and test out the new facilities. We hope you enjoyed exploring your new South Stand and we look forward to seeing you back at Emerald Headingley on Boxing Day for the Wetherby Whaler Festive Challenge.

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