Bradford's City Hall to house the National Rugby League Museum

Bradford's Chief Executive Kersten England alongside Prof Tony Collins, RL historian

Bradford's City Hall has been chosen to house the National Rugby League Museum which should open in August 2020.

The announcement was made in the Banqueting Hall this week by the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Coun Geoff Reid.

Well-known figures from the Rugby League world were there to hear the news along with councillors, senior council officers and the media.

Bradford beat off stiff competition from a number of other towns and cities to host the museum which will house the sport's extensive collections, historical artefacts as well as being a world-class interactive visitor centre.

Bradford Council leader, Coun Susan Hinchcliffe, said:

"It's fantastic that Bradford has been chosen as the preferred partner by Rugby League Cares to host the National Rugby League Museum.

"We are delighted by this news and are committed to working with all the relevant parties to ensure that the museum is a success. It's a wonderful opportunity for Bradford and we are very proud City Hall has been chosen as the location.

"Our city and district has a proud rugby league tradition and this museum will inspire the next generation of rugby league fans and players."

Bradford still holds the record for the biggest crowd for a rugby match in the UK of 102,575 for the 1954 Challenge Cup final replay, Halifax v Warrington at Odsal Stadium.

Bradford Bulls are one of the most successful clubs of the summer rugby era with six Grand Final appearances including three wins.