Eagles unveil Bramall Lane fixture list

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SHEFFIELD Eagles will make a brief return to Don Valley Stadium before switching to play almost all their Championship fixtures at Bramall Lane in the new season.

The club has released revised fixtures with eight of the 10 Championship home games at Sheffield United’s stadium. But the team will be back at their old home, Don Valley Stadium, for the first two home games in the Northern Rail Cup group stages next month.

The venue for the visit of Dewsbury Rams in June has still to be confirmed and the game against Barrow Raiders the following month has been switched to Don Valley Stadium.

Coach and chief executive Mark Aston said: “The vast majority of our home games will be played at Bramall Lane which is great for the club and our fans. We have had a very tough winter which has affected the availability of Bramall Lane in February but we will be starting the Championship there with a cracking game against Widnes Vikings.”

The fixture changes follow weeks of negotiations with rival Championship clubs, the Rugby Football League and ground authorities. The move to Bramall Lane is seen as a major factor in boosting the Eagles crowds.

Last season the Eagles played seven league and one Challenge Cup game at Sheffield United’s ground with an average attendance of 1657 – well above ‘gates’ at Don Valley in recent seasons.

Aston said: “We’re really working hard to promote the club and the games at Bramall Lane and boost the crowds.”

Bramall Lane will be the venue for the opening Championship game – against Widnes Vikings on March 13.

For full fixtures details see

www.sheffieldeagles.com