Sports Village prepares for record crowd
3:32pm Tuesday 5th November 2013 in NW
THE World Cup game at Leigh Sports Village is heading for a record crowd.
Tonga will take on the Cook Islands tonight and there are only 300 tickets left for the 8pm kick off.
Never before has the stadium sold out - despite having hosted international games before - and chief executive Simon Toon is thrilled with the response from the community.
He said: “It is a special day. The borough is a hub of rugby league so we expected a World Cup game to be popular but we didn’t envisage such a crowd. Everyone has got behind it.
“I think it highlights the fantastic facilities that we have here. They are of a world class quality and they deserve world events. We hope that everyone that comes for this will want to come back one day.
“I have received a letter form the Tongan team already, thanking the staff and the management for looking after the and giving them such a warm welcome. They have settled in very well but I think they have struggled a bit with the weather.
“As for tonight, I am nervous because I want it to go well but I am looking forward to it because the staff have been working so hard and the pitch looks fantastic. I am sure the people of Leigh will give the teams a warm welcome.”
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