Opening round crowd boom for Tetley's Bitter Super League
The Tetley's Bitter Super League has experienced a bumper 25 per cent increase on the average crowd attracted by its opening round of matches. The first 6 games of this year's competition generated an aggregate of 51,104 supporters, giving an average of 8,517. This increase is 25 per cent up on Super League IV's opening week average of 6,823. It is also the first time in three seasons that the total number of people coming through the gates at Tetley's Bitter Super League matches has broken the 50 thousand barrier. Among the club's experiencing an upsurge were Warrington Wolves. Their game against the London Broncos drew 8,718 supporters, which is the highest ever crowd at Wilderspool Stadium during the Super League era. There were also two 5 figure gates during Round 1 of the Tetley's Bitter Super League. Defending Champions St. Helens attracted 10,128 for the visit of beaten Grand Finalists Bradford Bulls and Leeds Rhinos lived up to their billing of Britain's best supported rugby club by drawing 13,842 to Headingley for their clash with Wakefield Trinity Wildcats. Commenting on the good news, Super League (Europe) Limited Acting Chief Executive Ian Robson said, "This 25 per cent increase on the opening round average attendance is tremendous news, following on from our record breaking sponsorship deal with Tetley's Bitter. "I am sure the Tetley's Bitter Super League will continue to draw the fans when it resumes in two weeks time and we can all look forward to a thrilling summer of action on the field." Ends For further information please contact: Andrew Whitelam on Tel: 0113 244 1114 Fax: 0113 2441110 Mobile: 0370 993366 E-mail:Andrew@superleague.demon.co.uk.