RFL Still On The Hook For Odsal Stadium Costs - Despite Bulls' Move

Bradford Bulls plan to groundshare in Dewsbury while they look for a new home in the city.

The Rugby Football League is still paying business rates on Odsal Stadium, Bradford Council’s leader has revealed.

Bradford Council owns the land at the former home of Bradford Bulls, who announced this summer that they were moving to Dewsbury next season. But the RFL is the leaseholder for the actual stadium.

Council Leader Susan Hinchcliffe said “The RFL are leaseholders of the site and are liable for business rates – which are continuing to be paid.”

She also spoke of the “deep sadness” that Bulls had moved to Dewsbury for at least a season and added: “The Odsal site has a long and proud history, and is significant for the people of Bradford.

“We’d like to see it continue to make history here. The site is leased by the Bulls from the Rugby Football League and the responsibility for the site lies with the RFL.

“Several people have had good ideas about the site, but none have offered investment.

“We will continue to work with the RFL and the Club, and Judith Cummins, the Bradford South MP, with the ambition to bring the Bulls back to Bradford.”

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