Bradford Bulls: Odsal departure confirmed for 1 September to take up Dewsbury tenancy

Bradford enjoyed a great afternoon at Odsal when they knocked Leeds out of the Challenge Cup in 2019

Bradford say they will leave their 85-year-long Odsal Stadium home on 1 September, to take up a two-year lease at Dewsbury, although the Rugby Football League must ratify the move.

Chairman Andrew Chalmers blamed the cost of rates, rent and maintenance for the decision in a statement.

The Rugby Football League own the leasehold for the stadium.

Chalmers also says the Bulls are in discussions about potential sites for a bespoke new-build stadium in Bradford.

“I believe this decision is firmly in the best long-term interests of the club,” Chalmers said on the club website.