HALIFAX SIGN LONG-TERM SHAY DEAL
Halifax RLFC have today (Friday) signed a long-term license agreement with Calderdale Council to use the redeveloped Shay Stadium.
The move ends months of negotiations between the club and Calderdale Council, and is a significant boost to Halifax’s Super League bid.
The agreement spans 10 years and 9 months, which means Fax will be able to file their Super League application next January with the required minimum security of a 10 year lease in place.
Fax will now officially open the Shay’s new £5milion East Stand on Sunday week with the visit of Leigh, although the club will have partial use of the facility for this weekend’s Northern Rail Cup clash with Hunslet.
Fax chief executive Graham Clay said: “This is a tremendous boost for the club and secures our long-term future at The Shay Stadium. It has been a frustrating few months because of unexpected delays, and we appreciate the patience of our fans, especially season ticket holders. But it was vital we got the license agreement absolutely right and we can now move forward with confidence knowing we have a wonderful stadium that caters for everyone’s needs, including players, supporters and corporate guests.”
The signing of the agreement coincides with the formal completion of the East Stand. Builders have now moved off site and handed control to the Council.
“The East Stand is now ready but there are a few minor finishing touches to complete and safety briefings for staff and stewards before we can formally open,” added Clay. “We will use some of the facilities this Sunday, and then have a full opening next week.
“We are grateful to Calderdale Council for investing in the East Stand. I think everyone will be impressed by the facilities on offer, not only for the rugby and football clubs, but the local community in general.”
The East Stand seats 3,500 and includes a banqueting suite, two functions rooms, executive boxes, offices, bars, a gym and dressing rooms.