World Cup yesterday announced that the Galpharm Stadium would host a game. It was named as one of 18 venues which will take part in the 14-nation tournament.
Kirklees leader Clr Mehboob Khan welcomed the news yesterday.
Speaking at the side of the Galpharm pitch, he said: “It’s fantastic that the home of rugby league will host a game during the world cup. It will build on the town’s proud rugby history. We will look to get local schools, colleges and sports teams involved in the event. Businesses in the town centre will benefit from the game.”
Kirklees Stadium Development Limited Managing Director Gareth Davies was also pleased with the news.
“It’s a very exciting day,” he told the Examiner yesterday.
“It’s a very prestigious event and we’re proud to be a part of it. We had a really well put-together bid which involved the Dewsbury Rams as well as us.”
Huddersfield’s bid was led by Kirklees in partnership with the Huddersfield Giants, the Batley Bulldogs, the Dewsbury Rams; Kirklees Active Leisure, West Yorkshire Sport, the George Hotel, NHS Kirklees, Kirklees Rugby League Service Area; Kirklees Sport and Recreation Partnership and Kirklees Stadium Development Limited.
Some 30 stadia applied to take part in the 26-game tournament.