Bradford submit plans for ‘Wembley of the North’ with 25,000-seat indoor arena at Odsal Stadium

Plans for a 25,000-seat indoor arena on the site of Bradford Bulls’ Odsal Stadium have been submitted by Bradford Council, Sportsmail can reveal.

The unique bowl-shaped ground, which hosted a then-world-record rugby league crowd of 102,569 in 1954, has long been touted as a potential ‘Wembley of the North’ for the 13-a-side code.

The former Super League and World Club champions temporarily quit Odsal in September 2019 due to the spiralling costs of rent and stadium maintenance.

The Bulls, who have not played in Super League since 2014, have since returned and plans are now in place to finally transform the site.

The project includes building the largest permanently covered stadium in England, which would host rugby league internationals and big domestic games such as Challenge Cup semi-finals.

The new stadium would retain Odsal’s iconic bowl structure and also be used to stage major music, entertainment and cultural events to capitalise on Bradford becoming UK City of Culture in 2025.

Crucially, the complex is subject to a successful bid in the second round of the Government’s Levelling Up Fund, which has two potential awards of £50million for culture-led schemes. Additional funding would come from private and public-sector partners and it is hoped that building work will begin in 2024.

Plans for the site include a new skills and training facility — built in conjunction with the Rugby Football League — which would be shared by elite players, officials and young adults from across Yorkshire and the North East.

Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, leader of Bradford Council, said: ‘Independent analysis has shown that Bradford is the country’s number one levelling up opportunity and these plans build on our long-term strategy to harness the power of sport to drive economic growth.

‘Bradford can create a home for rugby league which reflects the status of both the sport and the city, and which will generate almost £1billion in economic benefits for Bradford over a decade.

‘We are committed to working with the RFL to deliver a sport and training facility which provides skills and generates job opportunities for young people in Bradford and beyond.’

The complex would also lead to the construction of a new 105-bedroom hotel and it is claimed that the stadium and elite sports complex would create 480 full-time jobs over a decade.

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  • 1 час, 45 минут назад 03.10.2022Sport
    Penrith Panthers hero goes wild for Dylan Edwards tackle at NRL grand final against Parramatta Eels

    Panthers fullback Dylan Edwards’ try-saving cover tackle evoked memories of ex-Penrith star Scott Sattler’s iconic 2003 moment – and didn’t the former premiership hero love it.

    The tireless and often unheralded Edwards won the Clive Churchill Medal for his exemplary performance in Penrith’s grand final win over Parramatta on Sunday night, piling on the kick return metres and setting up a try.

    But his best moment came in the 57th minute with a huge cover tackle against Eels winger Bailey Simonsson that was so (legally) savage, it dislocated the Parra star’s shoulder.

    It was almost a ‘carbon copy’ of one of the most iconic grand final moments of all-time: Penrith second-rower Scott Sattler running down Roosters flyer Todd Byrne and saving a certain try – a man he shouldn’t have been able to get anywhere near.

    In a quirky twist of fate, Sattler’s tackle was adjudicated by NRL touch judge Glynn Henderson, while Edwards’ was flagged by Henderson’s son, Phil.

    The 2003 premiership hero was commentating Sunday’s grand final on radio for SEN, and video has emerged of the moment the team called the moment, which was right in front of their box.

    ‘Here’s Edwards v Simonsson, ohhhh Scotty Sattler! It’s a Sattler tackle from Edwards, right in front of our man’ cries caller Joel Caine as the team playfully celebrate with Sattler, who can be heard saying: ‘Wow, what a tackle.’

    Sattler’s 2003 premiership teammate Luke Lewis, who was commentating with a rival station in the next booth, could also be seen banging on the window to share in the joy.

    Sattler spoke to colleague Matt White on Monday morning in the wash-up of the grand final, and joked that fans believe his iconic tackle will now fade away into history.

    ‘I was just leaving the precinct and the first guy I bumped into said ‘You’re forgotten about now aren’t you!’,’ Sattler laughed on comparisons between his tackle and Edwards’.

    The nuggety second rower, who played 203 NRL matches, 118 of which came for Penrith, was full of praise for Edwards.

    The 26-year-old, who rose right through the junior ranks at Penrith, is often forgotten in an era where fullbacks like James Tedesco, Latrell Mitchell and Tom Trbojevic grab headlines with their stunning skills.

    Sattler said Edwards’ cover tackle highlighted exactly what he offered the side despite not drawing as many plaudits as other fullbacks in the league.

    ‘He (Edwards) came up with a moment … that people are going to talk about for many, many years,’ he said of the tackle that will now go down in grand final folklore.

    ‘That play last night from Dylan Edwards typified and reflects what his career has been; he’s had to fight harder than a lot of people in his position.

    As Sattler pointed out, Edwards was unlucky not to win the Clive Churchill Medal last year when impressive in Penrith 2021 grand final victory.

    He was even more impressive on Sunday night as he attacked and defended relentlessly right until the final whistle.

    But it was his cover tackle that his teammates enjoyed most, with the Panthers playing celebrating his try-saver far more vociferously than any try they scored.

    The usually unflappable Ivan Cleary was just as excited – and could be seen banging on the glass box in celebration.

    ‘He’s (Edwards) always been good at organising our defence but his tackling and try-saving this year has gone to a new level for us,’ Cleary said after the game.

    ‘I think last year was the real making of him.

    ‘To put his hand up and say I’m playing, when we didn’t think he would, if he can get through that he can get through anything.

    ‘He totally deserves it. He’s been doing it all year,’ said Cleary.

    It caps off a brilliant year for the previously injury-prone Edwards, who has delivered on the faith Penrith showed in their star junior.

    He produced 25 almost flawless games, and won the Merv Cartwright Medal as the club’s Player of the Year: an incredible achievement given the huge stars right across the park.

    Unfortunately for Edwards, it wasn’t quite enough to secure a spot in Australia’s hotly-contested squad for the Rugby League World Cup in England that begins on October 15.

    He has been named for one of the standby players, so if injury or illness should strike, Edwards will have a chance to add to very burgeoning medal collection.

  • 1 час, 45 минут назад 03.10.2022Sport
    Tampa Bay’s Cameron Brate re-entered the game despite previously exiting and looking ‘shaken up’

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate is the latest NFL player to be concussed this week following the sickening scenes involving Miami Dolphins quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa, on Thursday Night Football.

    Brate was eventually ruled out during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs by the Buccaneers Sunday night.

    The 31-year-old exited the game near the end of the second quarter after running into the chest of teammate Chris Godwin rendering himself momentarily motionless.

    Brate lay on the turf for several seconds and looked dazed before slowly getting to his feet and trudging off the field in an unconvincing manner.

    NBC play-by-play commentator, Mike Tirico, described Brate as ‘shaken up’ following the incidental blow.

    Yet, less than a minute of game time later, Brate was back on the field and tumbled while trying to complete a catch in the end zone.

    Sunday Night Football sideline reporter, Melissa Stark, reported that Brate did exit, and then re-enter the game following an approximate ‘two-minute chat conversation with the [Bucs’] head athletic trainer and team doctor’ before playing on before the quarter’s end.

    Brate was not seen after halftime and was eventually ruled out with a concussion and is now in the concussion protocol. He finished the game with four catches for 32 yards.

    Questions will be raised as to why Brate was allowed to enter the field of play after the initial knock, particularly given recent events.

    The NFL and NFLPA issued a joint statement Saturday evening in which they stated changes to the concussion protocol are imminent.

    It comes in the wake of Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa being taken to hospital with a concussion in Thursday night’s game vs. Cincinnati.

    This followed Tagovailoa surprisingly finishing out the Week 3 win over Buffalo last Sunday, despite receiving a brutal hit in the first half.

    Many experts suggested Tagovailoa should not have been playing in the game which ultimately saw him hospitalized.

    Tampa Bay struggled without one of their primary weapons, losing to a Patrick Mahomes inspired Kansas City Chiefs team, 41-31.

    Prior to the primetime matchup, former New England Patriots star and two-time Super Bowl Champion, Rodney Harrison, issued an impassioned plea to current NFL players.

    ‘It’s not worth it — and I would implore these young men; don’t go back on that football field if you get hurt,’ Harrison said during NBC’s Football Night in America.

    ‘I don’t want them to have to feel like me and so many other former players that had to deal with concussions; whether it’s depression, anxiety, paranoia, broken relationships, not being able to communicate with your spouse and things like that.

    ‘Please take care of yourself. Don’t depend on the NFL, don’t depend on anybody. If there’s something wrong with your head, report it.’

  • 1 час, 45 минут назад 03.10.2022Sport
    NFL: Rodney Harrison urges players not return to field if they are hurt as it ‘is not worth it’

    Sunday Night Football analyst Rodney Harrison issued a passionate plea to NFL stars to not return to the field if they get hurt following the handling of Tua Tagovailoa’s distressing situation Thursday night.

    The two-time Super Bowl champion’s comments follow a joint statement by the NFL and NFLPA in which changes to the concussion protocol are said to be imminent.

    Harrison’s comments and the statement come in the wake of Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa being taken to hospital with a concussion in Thursday night’s game vs. Cincinnati.

    The incident came after the Dolphins quarterback surprisingly finished out his side’s win over the Bills last Sunday, despite receiving a brutal hit in the first half.

    Harrison, a 49-year-old retired pro, played 15 seasons in the NFL, nine with the San Diego Chargers before his final six in Foxborough with New England.

    ‘I would get hit, the entire stadium was spinning around and I would go back into the game,’ Harrison said of his playing days on NBC’s SNF pregame coverage.

    ‘It’s not worth it — and I would implore these young men; don’t go back on that football field if you get hurt.’

    ‘I don’t want them to have to feel like me and so many other former players that had to deal with concussions; whether it’s depression, anxiety, paranoia, broken relationships, not being able to communicate with your spouse and things like that,’ Harrison continued.

    ‘It’s a lot — CTE takes you to a dark place and I want these players to know it’s not worth it.

    ‘Please take care of yourself. Don’t depend on the NFL, don’t depend on anybody. If there’s something wrong with your head, report it.’

    On Saturday, the NFL and NFLPA announced they are working collaboratively to modify the aforementioned protocols and anticipate changes to occur in the ‘coming days.’

    The statement, released Saturday evening, read: ‘The joint NFL-NFLPA investigation into the application of the Concussion Protocol involving Miami Dolphins’ quarterback Tua Tagovailoa remains ongoing. Therefore, we have not made any conclusions about medical errors or protocol violations.

    ‘The NFL and the NFLPA agree that modifications to the Concussion Protocol are needed to enhance player safety.

    ‘The NFL and NFLPA share a strong appreciation for the unaffiliated neurotrauma consultants who contribute their time and expertise to our game solely to advance player safety. This program has made our game safer for the athletes who play it for the past twelve seasons.

    The gravity of Tagovailoa’s injury last weekend vs. the Bills — and the broader discussion surrounding protocols — were reinforced Thursday against the Bengals, as he left the field on a stretcher following another brutal blow to the head.

    This time, Tagovailoa was diagnosed with a concussion and hospitalized (he was discharged Thursday night and flew home with the team), lending credence to the idea that he shouldn’t have been playing in the Dolphins’ Week 4 matchup to begin with.

    The quarterback was officially diagnosed with a back problem Sunday and with concussion protocols claimed to have been followed.

    Tagovailoa is said to be in good spirits on his road to recovery if his statement on Twitter Friday is anything to go by.

    ‘I want to thank everyone for all of their prayers and support since the game last night,’ he wrote.

    ‘It was difficult to not be able to finish the game and be there with my teammates, but I am grateful for the support and care I’ve received from the Dolphins, my friends and family, and all the people who have reached out.

    ‘I’m feeling much better and focused on recovering so I can get back out on the field with my teammates.’

  • 1 час, 45 минут назад 03.10.2022Sport
    Prominent radio shock jock Ray Hadley’s WITHERING spray at the NRL over junior rugby league shake-up

    Radio 2GB host Ray Hadley has slammed the NRL over plans for junior rugby league that he believes are ‘absolute PC bulls***’.

    On Monday morning an irate Hadley told listeners about the NRL’s plans to make massive changes to junior rugby league – which will include banning tackling until midway through under 7s and abolishing competitive games until the age of 13.

    The significant shift is aimed at increasing junior participation numbers and protecting children from external pressure.

    Hadley is not a fan of the changes and believes it is an ‘attempt to drag junior sport into a pretend PC (politically correct) world’ that doesn’t reflect real life.

    ‘The NRL is pretending that winning and losing isn’t part of life,’ said Hadley.

    ‘Sometimes life’s not fair, kids. Sometimes things happen. Sometimes it’s our fault and sometimes it’s not our fault. Life isn’t some sort of paradise that we just blissfully go along in with no disappointments in front of us.’

    ‘That’s what life is. Disappointment is part of life. We have all got to confront death at some stage. Of people we love and people around us. I think it’s the wrong message that we don’t keep score.’

    The shock jock said sport is also about team building – and that winning and losing were both important lessons that young people need to learn.

    ‘I’m sick of the PC world overtaking us. And now the NRL is bloody well part of it.,’ said Hadley.

    ‘Where’s the line you draw? Sometimes life is crook, and sometimes sport is crook. But it’s sport – it’s not life or death. ‘

    ‘Andrew Abdo, for god’s sake wake up to yourself. The stuff you went on with with the Continuous Call team was just absolute PC bullshit.’

    The rollout of the new policy is expected to be put forward within the next fortnight and implemented across the 2023 season.

  • 1 час, 45 минут назад 03.10.2022Sport
    NRL Grand Final: Penrith Panthers star Jarome Luai under fire for racial slur Instagram post

    Penrith Panthers star Jarome Luai could have his premiership victory celebrations dampened after the NRL’s Integrity Unit was made aware of a racial slur he allegedly posted to Instagram.

    The 25-year-old was in the Panthers sheds after their convincing 28-12 win over the Parramatta Eels in Sunday night’s grand final when he posed for a selfie with teammate Jaeman Salmon.

    The publicly shared post contained a word Daily Mail Australia has chosen not to republish and was quietly deleted seven hours later.

    ‘The NRL Integrity Unit is aware of the post,’ an NRL spokesman told The Daily Telegraph.

    The spokesperson added the NRL is yet to launch an investigation and would not comment on potential sanctions Luai could face.

    Some teammates told the publication the racially charged word is sometimes used between friends.

    Luai was in September reportedly investigated by the NRL’s Integrity Unit after posting a video to social media containing a controversial rap song.

    The tune was by western Sydney drill rap group One Four, who have been criticised for inciting violence with their lyrics.

    The group is from Mt Druitt, the same suburb where the premiership winning five-eighth hails from.

    Along with a stellar performance including two try-assists in Sunday’s match, Luai also came under fire from fans after appearing to kick Parramatta star Isaiah Papali’i following a tackle by teammate Brian To’o.

    But Papali’i denied there’d been anything out of the ordinary.

    ‘Nah, nah. Nah. There was no kick,’ he told Code Sports.

    ‘I nudged him in the back and he was angry. That’s footy, there’s a bit of niggle.’

  • 1 час, 45 минут назад 03.10.2022Sport
    Patrick Mahomes outshines Tom Brady in Kansas City Chiefs win at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Patrick Mahomes emerged victorious from the star quarterback showdown with Tom Brady Sunday as the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 41-31.

    The young quarterback, 27, dazzled in Tampa as he pulled several ridiculous plays out of his pocket to outshine the veteran and seven-time Super Bowl winner.

    Mahomes threw for 249 yards and three touchdowns, including an electrifying jump pass to Clyde Edwards-Helaire, to lead the Kansas City Chiefs to a 41-31 victory over Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday night.

    Playing in a packed stadium only four days after Hurricane Ian ravaged portions of Florida, Mahomes had TD throws of 16 yards to Travis Kelce, 1 yard to Edwards-Helaire and 10 yards to Jody Fortson while making NFL history by reaching 20,000 yards passing faster than anyone else.

    Mahomes first showcased his magic when the Chiefs forced a Tampa Bay fumble on the opening kickoff, and two plays later, he found Travis Kelce for a 16-yard touchdown pass.

    He then wowed on the second drive as, with the Buccaneers’ defense breathing down on his neck, he sidestepped Carlton Davis and managed to get the ball out in time to find JuJu Smith-Schuster for a first down.

    However, his most remarkable moment of the game came when the Chiefs were up 14-3. The Buccaneers defense looked to have finally caught him but he successfully avoided the rush as he twirled away from Devin White before finding Edwards-Helaire for the score.

    The short pass to Edwards-Helaire was Mahomes at his improvisational best: He escaped two defenders, did a 360-degree spin move and flipped the ball over a crowd to the running back in the back of the end zone.

    Mahomes’s tricks and flicks did not go unnoticed on social media as NBA superstar LeBron James led the praise for the Chiefs quarterback.

    ‘Patty Mahomes. So damn good,’ the Lakers star tweeted, alongside a series on magic wand emojis.

    Other football fans described Mahomes’s ability as ‘silly’ as they jokingly claimed he should be banned from the league as no one else can match his skill.

    ‘Patrick Mahomes should be banned from the @NFL, it’s just not fair what he can do,’ posted former linebacker Emmanuel Acho.

    ‘Mahomes is just silly. It isn’t fair. I want a Mahomes,’ added Barstool Sports’ Big Cat.

    Patrick Allen described Mahomes’s performance as Godlike, as he posted: ‘Patrick Mahomes is going God Mode on the Bucs right now.’

    An Arrowhead fan account wrote: ‘There’s never, ever been a quarterback like this before. Mahomes Magic!’

    Another account posted: ‘List of people who can make that throw: Patrick Mahomes That’s it. That’s the list.’

    Meanwhile, another football fan joked that Brady had been forced to watch his defense get ‘fathered’.

    It posted: ‘Tom Brady really sacrificed his marriage to watch his defense get absolutely fathered by Patrick Mahomes. Tough scene.’

    It was the first meeting between Mahomes and Brady since Tampa Bay´s 31-9 rout of Kansas City in the Super Bowl – also played at Raymond James Stadium – two seasons ago.

    When asked if the Super Bowl heartbreak was on his mind during the game, Mahomes replied: ‘Yeah, we wanted to win for sure. Not only or that but to get our season back on track. To come down here to this stadium and win a game was pretty special.’

    Brady completed 39 of 52 passes for 385 yards and three TDs without an interception for Tampa Bay (2-2). The Bucs, however, played from behind the whole night after rookie Rachaad White fumbled the opening kickoff and Mahomes threw his TD pass to Kelce two plays later.

    Chiefs cornerback L´Jarius Sneed sacked Brady, forcing a fumble that Mahomes turned into Gray´s TD, with the tight end taking a direct snap from center on the 1-yard plunge that put Kansas City up 28-10.

    Brady threw TD passes of 13 yards and 1 yard to Mike Evans, who returned from serving a one-game suspension for his role in a on-field brawl at New Orleans two weeks ago. He had eight receptions for 103 yards.

    Evans’ second TD trimmed Kansas City´s lead to 28-17 at halftime. That was as close as the Bucs got until Leonard Fournette´s 5-yard TD reception cut Tampa Bay´s deficit to 41-31 with 3:30 remaining.

    Brady wouldn´t get the ball back until less than a minute was left.

    Kansas City finished with 417 yards of total offense, including a 189-3 edge on the ground, against a defense that had allowed a league-low 27 points through three games.

    The Bucs sacked Mahomes three times and intercepted him once, but it was not the ‘coming out party’ linebacker Shaquil Barrett had predicted his team having against an offensive line the Chiefs have overhauled since struggling against Tampa Bay in the Super Bowl loss.

    With Hurricane Ian approaching the Florida´s Gulf Coast, the Bucs evacuated for four days to the Miami area, where they practiced Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at the Dolphins’ training facility while the NFL made contingency plans to move the game to Minneapolis if it couldn´t be played in Tampa.

    The Glazer family that owns the Bucs has announced it is donating $1 million for hurricane relief. The NFL Foundation is matching that donation, and the Bucs on Sunday night began a ‘Florida Strong’ campaign to raise funds, as well as honor emergency personnel and first responders.

    Players and fans observed a ‘moment of support’ prior the national anthem, and the Bucs also paid tribute to those affected by the hurricane in a video presentation displayed on giant scoreboard screens before the game.

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