The Rugby Football League have confirmed that both the men’s and women’s Betfred Challenge Cup finals in 2023 shall be played at Wembley Stadium together.
The matches played on Saturday 12 August 2023 will see the 122nd edition of the men’s Challenge Cup final contested and the 80th final to be held at Wembley in its history. As for the women’s final, this will be its 11th year in existence while this particular year will be the first time that this match will be a part of Rugby League’s traditional showpiece occasion.
RFL Chief Commercial Officer, Mark Foster, says:
“Wembley Stadium is the cup final’s spiritual home – a superb venue with plenty of attractions nearby for supporters of all ages, including the iconic Wembley Way.
“And I am delighted that, for the first time in Challenge Cup history, the women’s final will be held at Wembley Stadium. It’s already been a hugely significant year for women’s sport in this country, which will continue with the Rugby League World Cup later this year. We have been working for some time to get the women’s final on the same day as the men’s, and now to make this happen will give the game a great boost. Our strategic and commercial partners, BBC, IMG and Betfred, are also very much supportive of this new Finals Day.”
“We have an excellent working partnership with our hosts and we will work closely with them to give supporters a day to remember.”
“Wembley was not available this year of course and Tottenham Hotspur Stadium provided a fantastic alternative. We look forward to seeing Rugby League there again one day soon.”
RFL Head of Growth, Thomas Brindle, adds:
“10 years ago the first Women’s Challenge Cup Final was played at Crown Flatt, Dewsbury. In 2023 the eleventh final will be played at Wembley Stadium. This is a measure of how far the women’s game has come in a relatively short period of time and of how quickly it continues to evolve. This is another big step for the women’s game, and adds even greater incentive among players and teams alike to reach the final.”
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