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    Looks like Bradford are moving away from the hole in the ground stadium and playing at Dewsbury.

    Sad day for Bradford again, But good news for the R.L who own the ground can now earn a fortune using it as a land fill.

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    It should have been developed as an alternative for major events years ago ,oh hang on its in the north of England though .

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    Don't know why Valley Parade can't be used? Maybe to much rent?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rommel View Post
    Looks like Bradford are moving away from the hole in the ground stadium and playing at Dewsbury.

    Sad day for Bradford again, But good news for the R.L who own the ground can now earn a fortune using it as a land fill.
    cynical but true.

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    my guess would be the owner is trying to force the rugby league to pay for improvements to odsal or he will move the team out of bradford

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve17 View Post
    my guess would be the owner is trying to force the rugby league to pay for improvements to odsal or he will move the team out of bradford

    Yep, smells of blackmail to me. Didn't rfl buy ideal to help Bradford? For the bulls to then blackmail them out of order

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rommel View Post
    Looks like Bradford are moving away from the hole in the ground stadium and playing at Dewsbury.

    Sad day for Bradford again, But good news for the R.L who own the ground can now earn a fortune using it as a land fill.
    The RFL do not own the ground, which is owned by Bradford City Council. However, the RFL does own the lease. I'm sure Bradford City Council would love to knock it down for housing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saint Ged View Post
    It should have been developed as an alternative for major events years ago ,oh hang on its in the north of England though .
    Bradford asked for money to develop it as an Olympic legacy stadium. The money they requested went to that great southern city Sheffield.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve17 View Post
    my guess would be the owner is trying to force the rugby league to pay for improvements to odsal or he will move the team out of bradford
    I've heard the same. Surely Bradford Park Avenues ground would be a better choice short term, I had a look earlier, it holds 3500 so would be close to being full every week and is actually in the city fairly close to Odsal, there also looks to be scope to raise the capacity if needed. Just another instance of RFL incompetence in my eyes and not holding (Yorkshire) clubs to task over there dump grounds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Belgian Saint View Post
    Bradford asked for money to develop it as an Olympic legacy stadium. The money they requested went to that great southern city Sheffield.
    Who's council closed Don Valley and the rugby team play at somewhere similar to Ruskin Drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angry Dave View Post
    Who's council closed Don Valley and the rugby team play at somewhere similar to Ruskin Drive.
    The money went to Sheffield after Don Valley had been demolished. I think it went to the Athletics centre. but not 100% on that one.

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    Rugby League in the UK is a!most dead!

    The ground that held a record crowd for a final gone from the RL world��

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    Yes, bit it's not changed much in the intervening 65 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maghullsaint View Post
    Yes, bit it's not changed much in the intervening 65 years.
    Agree I first went there in1961 for a cup semi final, it wasn't up to much then.

    It's too big for most normal rugby matches even at Super League and the fans are a long way from the pitch.
    Hopefully Bradford can build themselves a modern stadium more suited to the purpose, as long as they don't make the mistake of moving too far from their fanbase

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    Quote Originally Posted by WidnesExile View Post
    Rugby League in the UK is a!most dead!

    The ground that held a record crowd for a final gone from the RL world��
    The ground has hardly changed since that record attendance and that's a huge part of the problem. It's still an open hole in the ground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angry Dave View Post
    Who's council closed Don Valley and the rugby team play at somewhere similar to Ruskin Drive.
    They're back at the Olympic Legacy stadium now aren't they

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulscnthorpe View Post
    They're back at the Olympic Legacy stadium now aren't they
    That's what it's called but it can hardly be called a stadium.

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    Shithole let's be honest.
    Had one too many soakings there.
    Robbed Keighley Cougars business plan which worked for their 15 minutes of fame.
    Couldn't beat The S when it mattered.

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    It can't get much worse. The Bradford club will totally lose its identity

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angry Dave View Post
    That's what it's called but it can hardly be called a stadium.
    Still building it aren't they? Thought it was only due to be finished next summer. To be fair, Ruskin drive probably isn't far behind a couple of SL 'stadia' too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Private Pyle View Post
    Still building it aren't they? Thought it was only due to be finished next summer. To be fair, Ruskin drive probably isn't far behind a couple of SL 'stadia' too

    Well behind, doesn't have stands or capacity, you simply stand around the pitch

    It's nice and purpose built for amateur local sport, but not a professional stadium

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    Quote Originally Posted by robert80 View Post
    It can't get much worse. The Bradford club will totally lose its identity
    Why?

    Wigan didn't when they moved. We didn't when we played at Widnes. Warrington didn't. Hull didn't.

    Places have their time and clubs need to move on.
    Odsal is a hole that would suck money out of any club.

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    There was a piece in yesterdays league express saying the RL had invited Carter Hudgill and Davey for a look around Odsal as soon as they got wind of Bradford intending to move out of odsal they will have realized they have a crumbling stadium on there hands with no tenants for next season

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    Something as other have said should have been done years ago! but even then would the cost have been completely out of what The RFL could deliver? reading the weekly column in Bradford by their chairman, which I find funny! is he just trying to play a game to get rents reduced, every club who does not own their own ground has this problem and you can't make an exception even for Bradford, The RFL just does not have the funds to do that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bewareshadows View Post
    Why?

    Wigan didn't when they moved. We didn't when we played at Widnes. Warrington didn't. Hull didn't.

    Places have their time and clubs need to move on.
    Odsal is a hole that would suck money out of any club.
    Warrington, Hull & wi*an didn't move 15 miles away, whilst our time at Widnes was for one season only - which was made abundantly clear.

    How long would Bratfud stay in Dewsbury? Is the mooted aim to build their own stadium in Bratfud just pie in the sky/bullsh*t? How long before mergers are considered?

    Odsal is a dump, I totally agree, and not really fit for a modern rugby stadium (then again, Wakey, Cas...) but how many times have we seen 'temporary' moves away from a famous ground until a new stadium is built? Only for that new stadium never to materialise, and the club loses their base and a majority of their level of support.

    It's pretty sad (although I couldn't stand them when they were stopping us being totally dominant ) what's happened with Bratfud. If they were in SL and broadly competitive, even without all the freebies and cheesy pre-match crap, you'd expect them to be hitting around 7-8k attendances, topping 10-12k for big games against Leeds and perhaps Saints.

    Atrocious club management and short-termism has done for another club.
    I f*cking hate wi*an.

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