Sheffield Eagles can expect an extra financial boost next season as plans to have their new home ready for the start of next season continue at pace.
Eagles confirmed their return to the Steel City where they will take residence in the Olympic Legacy Park, but face a busy off season as they attempt to have the site in line with RFL requirements for the 2018 season.
Whilst they wait for landlords Scarborough Group to develop the site, the Eagles have been granted permission to build temporary seating to allow them to move in time for next season.
And the club have been given a further boost by confirming that they will benefit from all matchday takings – income which they have been denied during their time in exile.
“It is fantastic that we will be back in the city and after four years we finally have a permanent home,” general manager Liam Claffey told The Star.
“For the next year it will be a temporary set-up and that will mean it will be very similar to what we had at Bawtry Road, but for the first time in the club’s history we will be able to benefit from matchday food and drink revenue streams.”
“We would urge supporters next year to come down early and enjoy the facilities that we will have on offer. We are speaking to various breweries and other companies at the moment, to try and ensure that we make the fan experience as good as we possibly can. There is a lot of work to do. We have meetings with the OLP to tie up matters like where the temporary stand will go, where the scoreboard will go, toilets etc. The OLP have agreed to give us the car park on site for free, so that is also a potential to make revenue.”
The extra income could prove vital as the Eagles finally plan to become self sufficient, after a series of shortfalls which almost saw the club run out of money this time last year.
The Star understands there is still potential for their planned investor to come on board, but at present the current board have stabilised the club by securing their return to Sheffield, and have already handed director of rugby Mark Aston his playing budget for next season.
Season tickets are now on sale with the club reducing prices for 2018. Full details can be found on the Eagles’ website.