RFL commercial chief hails bumper Cup crowds and TV audience

RFL chief commercial officer Mark Foster says the sixth round of the Challenge Cup has provided “a reminder of why the competition is so special for the game”.

This year’s last-16 stage produced the highest aggregate attendance for this round of the competition since 2008, while the match between Bradford and Leeds attracted best match gate in the last 16 since 2015.

Foster said: “It’s been a great weekend for the Coral Challenge Cup, and a reminder of why the competition is so special for the game.

“The Bradford-Leeds tie on Saturday afternoon in particular generated a memorable occasion at Odsal which was seen by an excellent audience on BBC1 – and that was followed by two exciting ties yesterday at Warrington and Huddersfield, shown by the BBC and Sky Sports respectively, which took our aggregate viewing figures for the weekend beyond 2 million.

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“It’s exciting for Bradford, Halifax and the Championship competition that the BBC will be back at Odsal for their quarter final, in the knowledge that the winners will become the first non-Super League club to reach the semi finals for 13 years.”

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