Rugby league club finds home at the Alexander Stadium
Rugby League is set to arrive in Birmingham as Midlands Hurricanes make the Alexander Stadium complex its home turf.
The Hurricanes, who compete in League One, struck a partnership with Birmingham City Council for the use of the Perry Barr venue.
The club will start with a tie against Cornwall on February 19 and will utilise the community pitch adjacent to the main stadium.
Season tickets are on sale from today via the Hurricanes website, with the club and the council optimistic the deal will generate new interest in a sport that has been under-represented in the city.
Greg Wood, the Midlands Hurricanes CEO said: “Our ambition as a club is to grow the sport in the Midlands and by having such a prestigious venue as our hub, it gives a real focal point for the team, community and hopefully the region to get behind.
“We look forward to the growth of the sport and the club and see the Stadium move as a key part of this as it gives us the infrastructure to grow the game within other areas such as women’s and wheelchair rugby.
The Hurricanes join a roster of partners and uses secured by the council for the revamped stadium in an effort to give the venue a year-round purpose after it hosted the athletics programme and the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Other organisations set to have a presence at the stadium include Birmingham City University, UK Athletics and the likes of Birchfield Harriers Athletics Club.
Cllr Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “Rugby League is an exciting sport, as demonstrated by the recent World Cup that was staged here in England.
“The Hurricanes have an ambition to grow the sport in the city and wider region, which is something that reflects our own aims to improve levels of participation in sport and physical activity.
“The stadium will provide the club with a world-class base for their operations, adding to our growing roster of partnerships”.