CLUB UPDATE – 18th FEBRUARY General February 18, 2021 Newcastle Thunder would like to update supporters following the release of the 2021 Betfred Championship fixtures on Sunday. With the league schedule confirmed as kicking off at home to Widnes Vikings in round one and an away trip to Swinton Lions to look forward to in the Betfred Challenge Cup, excitement is building for the return of rugby league. 2021 will see a new competition structure introduced which sees Thunder play 22 fixtures in the league, with ‘loop fixtures’ meaning we will play nine teams both home and away and the remaining four teams just once. At the end of the 22 rounds of fixtures the top six will advance to the play-offs to compete for a place in Super League. Now that the season has been mapped out, naturally supporters will be desperate to get their hands on a season ticket and secure their seat for the long-awaited return of rugby league. Thunder can confirm that the process of launching season tickets is well underway, with the club taking every measure to ensure that a product is presented that is not only great value for money, but also ensure fans will not miss a minute in 2021. Thunder would like to reassure supporters that they will be able to purchase a season ticket soon, and will have access to full information regarding the packages available in due course. As well as creating a season ticket package that takes into account the challenges presented by the pandemic, the club also have to plan for the possibility of behind closed doors games, reductions in capacity in line with any government guidelines and potential postponements due to Covid-19. Speaking on developments, general manager Jordan Robinson said: “We’re getting closer to getting back to playing rugby league and Thunder would like to thank our supporters for their patience and support, not only over the past few months but since the pandemic began. “Details will be confirmed soon about how fans can see our first season back in the Championship, including information about the live streaming of games. We’re looking forward to lifting some spirits and to welcoming you all back to Kingston Park Stadium once it is safe to do so.