21 venues announced for 2021 Rugby League World Cup

The 21 host venues for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup in England have been announced.

The event will be the first in which the men and women’s World Cup and the wheelchair tournaments will be held alongside each other.

Newcastle’s St James’s Park will host the opening ceremony on 23 October while the men and women’s finals will be held at Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium on 27 November 2021.

Arsenal’s Emirates stadium will also host a match – the first time the 60,260-capacity stadium has hosted a non-football match. In addition, games have been awarded to stadiums in Rugby League’s traditional heartlands in Leeds, Liverpool, Hull and Greater Manchester.

The draw for the tournament will take place on 27 November this year, marking two years until the start of the tournament.

• Newcastle – St James’ Park (52,405 capacity)
• Sheffield – Bramall Lane (32,702) and English Institute of Sport
• Doncaster – Keepmoat Stadium (15,231)
• Hull – KCOM Stadium (25,586)
• York – York Community Stadium (8,005)
• Huddersfield – John Smith’s Stadium (24,500)
• Leeds – Elland Road (37,890) and Headingley Stadium (21,062)
• Liverpool – Anfield (54,074)
• Manchester – Old Trafford (74,994)
• Preston – First training base to be revealed
• St. Helens – Totally Wicked Stadium (18,00)
• Warrington – Halliwell Jones Stadium (15,200)
• Leigh & Wigan – Leigh Sports Village (12,000)
• Bolton – University of Bolton Stadium (28,723)
• London – Emirates Stadium (60,260) and Copper Box Arena (7,500)
• Middlesbrough – Riverside Stadium (34,742)
• Workington – Workington Community Stadium (under construction)
• Coventry – Ricoh Arena (32,609)

Most recent

Three-times World Series winners the San Francisco Giants are turning property developers with the Mission Rock mixed-use development across the way from their Oracle Park home. Barry M. Bloom examines a project 15 years in the making.

IPO prospectus for parent company of the Infront agency and Ironman triathlon operator reveals strategy to focus on mass participation in China and predictions for the growth of the Chinese sports sector.

The Campeonato Brasileiro Série A will be the only major football league in the world without international, local-language distribution in 2019. Callum McCarthy looks at why Brazilian club football lags behind its European counterparts.

The United States Tennis Association's successful bid to host the inaugural Fortnite World Cup finals at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York, is part of a wider strategy to introduce the refurbished facility to a new and younger audience. Story by Bob Williams.